May 6, 2005
Dear CNET members,
We won! CNET.com has been named best consumer electronics Web site in the People's Voice Awards of the 2005 Webby Awards. We are all deeply honored by your support, and here is my note of appreciation to you all!
Now, let's tackle this week's question from Gretchen on how to safely and legally download files from a peer-to-peer network. Well, Gretchen while this week's winning answer by David T. specifically addresses your question on the legality and safety of downloading files from a peer-to-peer network, I will advise you that Kazaa and many other file-sharing utilities come loaded with bloatware, such as spyware or adware, that will directly affect your computer's performance or damage your computer. But don't take my word for it, take your community members' advice. If you read through the honorable mentions and additional advice from your peers, you'll see that many people will tell you the same. So, please keep that in mind as you make your decision. For all of you who'd like to chime in on this topic, please post your advice and opinion in this week's discussion. Thanks everyone, and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I'm a new user of Kazaa and am looking for some guidance. Is there any reasonable way to know when I'm downloading a file that it's legal and safe for me to download? I'd love to get some good peer-to-peer stuff, but I don't want to break the law or accidentally download any viruses. Thanks.
Since your question really has two parts: legality and security, I will answer them separately. Simply put, there is no easy way to know for sure that what you are downloading is legal. You would need some way to determine the owner of the copyright and confirm that they have made it available for download.
However, you can determine with reasonable certainty a good portion of that which is illegal to download...
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