Sharing is not illegal
as long as you obey all relevant copyright laws. Using P2P programs
to download and distribute copyrighted music, movies and games
without permission is illegal. Purchasing a membership does not give you license to download and distribute
do not condone piracy or breaking copyright laws. The MP3 sharing
tools available through our members area are powerful search
tools & we recommend that you use your discretion when downloading
music and movie files.
Copyright Infringement Liability
- P2P technology makes it possible to share all kinds of
information. Some information is protected by copyright, which means
that you generally need the copyright owner's permission before you
make it available to other P2P users.
Popular music, movies, games, and
software are often protected by copyright.
Copyright infringement can result
in significant monetary damages, fines and even criminal penalties. Some copyright owners have filed civil lawsuits against
individuals that they believe unlawfully distributed large numbers
of copyrighted songs.
Original works of authorship,
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain
intellectual compositions are protected by copyright law. If a
person publicly performs, reproduces, distributes copies, or
displays works without consent of the copyright owner could be in
violation of the law. Go to
http://www.loc.gov/copyright/ and learn more about U.S. copyright law. Purchasing a membership does not give you license to download or upload
copyright material. We implores you to respect copyright
laws and share responsibly.
here for important information from the US
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the risk and use of P2P
Using file-sharing (P2P) software for
the uploading or downloading of copyrighted works without the
permission or authorization of the copyright holders may be illegal
and could subject you (or the ISP subscriber) to civil and/or
criminal liability and penalties. For more information about U.S.
copyright law, please visit
Some content found on file-sharing (P2P) networks may
be reproduced, uploaded and downloaded. There are a significant
number of copyright holders who have authorized the sharing of their
content for non-commercial purposes, such as some content with
Creative Commons format licenses§, and there is also content
available in the public domain and not protected by copyright. Most
commercially released popular songs, films, and software is NOT
authorized for free redistribution but requires separate purchase or
Some files contained on these networks are copyrighted works, like
popular games, movies, music, and software. P2P software makes it
possible to upload and download copyrighted material from the
Internet without proper authorization, but that can violate
copyright laws and subject you to criminal and civil penalties.
Please consult the user guide provided with the application.
P2P software allows any user to access the files you place or move
into your shared folder. If you're not careful, files containing
your personal and confidential information could inadvertently be
uploaded for distribution on the Internet. This could cause a number
of problems, including identity theft. We strongly
suggest purchasing one of the major spyware applications available
or visit our bonus software section for a free version.
Files downloaded from the Internet using P2P software could contain
pornographic material. These files may be mislabeled with seemingly
innocent names. This can result in users, including children, being
inadvertently exposed to pornography. Redistributing files
containing child pornography or obscene content can be a crime.
Files downloaded from the Internet using P2P software may contain
spyware that can track your online activity, control your computer,
or harm its operation. These files typically are disguised and can
go undetected. We strongly suggest
purchasing one of the major spyware applications available or visit
our bonus software section for a free version.
Files downloaded from the Internet using P2P software may carry
computer viruses, worms, or Trojans that can damage your computer or
cause other problems. These files typically are mislabeled to
disguise their true purpose. We strongly
suggest purchasing one of the major anti-virus applications such as
Norton and Mcafee.