1.download limewire 2.install limewire 3.open limewire 4.type in a song in the search bar 5.double click the song to download
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You forgot: 6. Get sued by the RIAA. Many ISPs (such as Comcast) have done questionable and even illegal things to actively enforce the DMCA (or Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Make no mistake, they're not just trying to cooperate with these lawsuits, they are willingly sniffing the traffic of every subscriber. At first, they were sniffing the packets themselves. When the FCC discovered this and told them it was a violation, they then selectively slowed the traffic of those using common filesharing ports. When the FCC discovered this and told them it was also a violation, they signed an agreement with Level3 Communications to provide their trunkline for all traffic. But if you use an IP lookup service to find out who owns the addresses on this trunkline, you'll find they belong to MarkMonitor. They are a company that monitors internet traffic for hire. Depending on the type of services you request, they'll report those they suspect are committing fraud and encroaching on "brand integrity", even sending cease and desist letters to those they target. At any rate, file sharing has become the whipping boy for major entertainment companies. For awhile now, it has been customary for people using file sharing, including those using it for legitimate purposes, to be inconvenienced with slower connection speeds and threats of account termination from their ISP, all the way to hefty lawsuits, fines, and threats of imprisonment.
and that is why i have SBC
You're no safer. In 2007, AT&T (formerly SBC) announced that they intend on sniffing every packet that passes through their network. If you are online in the US, there is a 98% chance your information is carried in some way by AT&T.
i thought that was illegal
Apparently not when it's done at the trunk. According to this paper written by Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State, there are several loopholes due to laws in need of revision. I'll quote two glaring problems here: 1. "Telecommunications regulation in the United States operates on a medium specific basis with separate rules and policies applicable to broadcasting, cable television, telecommunications services and information services." 2. "Telecommunications is defined as 'the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.' 47 U.S.C. § 153(43). Information service is defined as 'the offering of a capability for generating, acquiring, storing, transforming, processing, retrieving, utilizing, or making available information via telecommunications, and includes electronic publishing, but does not include any use of any such capability for the management, control, or operation of a telecommunications system or the management of a telecommunications service.' 47 U.S.C. § 153(20). '[T]he language and legislative history of [the Communications Act of 1996] indicate that the drafters . . . regarded telecommunications services and information services as mutually exclusive categories.' Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Report to Congress, 13 FCC Rcd. 11501, 11522 (1998); see also Vonage Holdings Corp., 290 F. Supp.2d at 994, 1000 (applying the FCC’s dichotomy). Basically, these two things mean that what the FCC can impose on one company may not apply to the other due to different means of transmission, and that since data transmission from through fiber-optics (as is the case with a trunk) falls under the territory of an "information service" and not "telecommunications". Information services seem to be the least regulated under US law, and are legally capable of being sniffed. Comcast and SBC (AT&T) couldn't do this without first sending the information through a fiber-optic trunk. Just the other day I performed a trace route from my neighbor's computer to various websites (and my IP address next door) to demonstrate this to him. Regardless of where I was tracing, Comcast deliberately sent my traffic to the same servers in Washington D.C. and Atlanta that identify themselves as Level 3. MarkMonitor actually owns these IP addresses. Run a trace route to some places, both local and distant, and find out where your junk is going. I think you'll find Big Brother is watching you too. If he is, I'd love to read your results.
7. Unknowingly download and install loads of malware and viruses.
You're right. Just like Kazaa, Limewire has become riddled with malware.
I would recommend not using limewire, I got a virus through it. The virus posed itself as a vista update, and made me reinstall windows. I would recommend using an internet radio site like this one. Then follow this instructable. The site I provided you works better than the one listed in the instructable. If you really want to download using limewire, follow foxtrot4697, he's right. Willard