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downloading...a risky business?

jasonchiu

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we all download illegal stuff, thats a fact. but what are the chances of getting caught? i, myself, getting slightly worried about being caught for downloading stuff :( does n e one know the chances?

i know there have been a few downloads fined already in the US, i;m wondering if any of use will become a victim as well.

i download over 100GB's a month and i;m worried this may make me a bigger target!
 
well ur in hong kong, there aren't such laws right? or they're almost not looked at.. then download like a horny geek, nobody can stop you :p i really don't care for illegal shit.. i download what i wanna ... if they fine me with a really hefty amount.. i'll just flee out this country lol
and know where to dl from.. I usually download from DC++.. which i think is pretty safe
 
guilty conscience, eh? I guess maybe it depends on what you download and where you get it from. And if a person is selling the stuff, then that's just asking for trouble.
 
Here in Finland sharing downloaded music is forbidden (you can download it for listening), and the police is looking after BT, Kazaa, eMule and so on. I stopped sharing music in DC++, just for sure. Lately 30 sharers were caught, again... And some of you maybe heard about the closing of a big Finnish BT site (I just can't remember the name...) a few months ago.
 
In Hungary you can do anything... This is either good, and bad. :lol:
 
Renesis said:
Here in Canada you're fine 8)

for now, i read an article in the star the other week about how the cdn. government was trying to introduce legislation to allow ip's to release info on their customers so that the MPAA can go after them (like what they're doing in the US) .. but then again, the cdn. government has other more "important" things to worry about at the moment, so the issue was probably pushed aside at the moment :lol:
 
yeah and fuck that MPAA won't be able to get us, we're not in USA, fuck them seriously :thumbsdown:
 
USA wise, uploading is where the problem is. They haven't gone after downloaders yet. The "problem" with BT is that you upload as you download.

That's why newsgroups are the safest bet right now. Well, that and they can't track you on newsgroups. :p

Sadly, my ISP doesn't provide access and I can't afford to buy some. :?
 
^^ Just like Germany...

ATM, multipeer upload thingys haven't been a problem, afaik, but once they figure out, how to track on Emule or BT how often you have uploaded a file (mostly music) they will start suing ppl...

I dl Tv series from the US mostly, I'd say about 90% of my traffic... Ok, plus some Porn ;-)

Pretty much on the safe side for now...

Buba
 
They will go after the big fish first......I'm not sure why, but I only worry about software downloading......The music I download are usually songs I already have on CD or plan to buy.
 
in HK someone has been jailed or fine'd for upload like 3-4 movies already. he also had loads of fake dvd's. i have fake dvd's as well but i dont intially put the movies on the net which makes me less of a threat
 
Viper007Bond said:
USA wise, uploading is where the problem is. They haven't gone after downloaders yet. The "problem" with BT is that you upload as you download.
More so you're a target if you're sharing MPAA stuff. Thou has known no fury like their lawyers. Anything else is far game here, not that there is much else beside anime and top gear.
 
jasonchiu said:
in HK someone has been jailed or fine'd for upload like 3-4 movies already. he also had loads of fake dvd's. i have fake dvd's as well but i dont intially put the movies on the net which makes me less of a threat
I think I heard recently HK implemented a law against digital sharing, you might wanna lay low for a while.
 
What I did was when I was a first year at college and living in the dorms with the uber fast connection I downloaded everything that I could find. I figured that the whole file sharing thing was on the decline plus with the shear volume of things I had downloaded I figured it was not going to be worth the risk shortly, so I held onto everything that I downloaded and quit after that year. I had to buy a couple large hard drives but I figured that it was worth it. Since then I have just been living off of what I got from that year and what I download from here (which has turned out to be plenty).
 
Alright, here is my story.

I used to be into downloading a lot, like 2 summers ago, I ran my computer straight for my 2 months of vacation, downloading and uploading the whole time. I was never scared at all. I musthave downloaded a lot of material. Once the summer was over, I realized that my ISP capped my Upload Speed to 18kb/sec. There rule is that you cannot upload for 12 hours straight, so I was capped. I just got the cap removed in Feburary. So now, I only upload for 6 hours at a time, so I don't get capped again.

As for getting caught for downloading stuff, I've never had a problem. But my friend downloaded a movie, and he got a letter from MPAA telling him to delete it or face a fine and/or charges. My friend deleted it, but burnt it onto a CD first ;) . He never was contacted by the MPAA again, but that kind of shyed him away from downloading.
 
lol in malaysia were quite safe frm these matters as far as i know.... but we cannot sell fake dvds on the market..... tats all...
 
Here in australia we haven't really had much happening. A few ppl have been 'taken down' by the MPAA but only cause they were using their computers as servers with 1000's of movies for d/l.
 
holly shit someone here knows someone who has been warned! DAH! i am scared! i have fricking 120GB of stolen shit
 
I generally stayed away from downloading MPAA or Music CD's lately, seems they've been pretty strict the past months, now I just download TVshows mostly and it is pretty safe AFAIK
 
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