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    A concern..

    As some of you know i'm going to be starting my freshman year in college in about three months, and reading some of the news about file sharing on campus has me concerned. Four students caught transfering their mp3 files from one machine to another as means of a backup on a LAN, are being prosecuted for file sharing.

    I have several gigabytes worth of mp3's, and im concerned as to my possession of these on my pc once i am in college. I also download mp3's frequently, as many as 10 a day (alot on dialup).

    Am i going to be at risk to download these while at college even if they are only being used by me and not shared to others? I seriously dont want to be without all of my music files, and to burn these to cd's would be a hassle.

    That brings up another point, is it illegal for me to possess mixed cd's that i created from my mp3's, even if i no longer posess those original mp3 files?

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    I have several gigabytes worth of mp3's, and im concerned as to my possession of these on my pc once i am in college. I also download mp3's frequently, as many as 10 a day (alot on dialup).
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    thats a lot fr dial-up.

    >Am i going to be at risk to download these while at college even if they are only being used by me and not shared to others?

    yes, technically its still illegal, and you can be prosecuted.

    the laws are sketchy now, Fair use doesn't really exist anymore, if you buy it its still theirs.

    acording to the RIAA your a grease spot, i heard they sued a dude for 150,000 an mp3, i also heard they lost.

    google search turned up:

    http://www.gnutellanews.com/article/6403

    you got to decide what to do, if i was you and i would get only what you need to survie and kill or backup the rest elsewhere before you get there.

    priating mp3's aint worth college.

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    That brings up another point, is it illegal for me to possess mixed cd's that i created from my mp3's, even if i no longer posess those original mp3 files?
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    if you originally owned the CD's that the music was ripped from, AND you ripped it your self then yes and no, you MAY have protection under fair use, if the RIAA finds out they will have you killed and strung up by your feet in time square as an example to others.
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    I'm guessing it all depends on your school. I haven't had any problems here yet downloading stuff. A couple of kids I met have *a lot* of stuff shared over the network using Windows shares. I would say just don't share and it shouldn't be too big of an issue.

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    that is if the net admins are idiots, or are doing it to.
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    Well 30-40% of my mp3's are ripped from cds, some were mine that have since been lost or destroyed, i cant prove it so i lose right?

    What if i have my pc hooked to the net, a pc in the middle as a "dead zone", ie no traffic gets past it, and then a third pc with my mp3 files that i can get too, then the school never see's mp3 traffic?

    My problem is i hear a new song, i like it, i dload it.....hmm

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    i love how the RIAA would "string you up" yet they still charget $14bucks for a $$$$in cd that literally costs 2.50 TOTAL to make, it depends what school and where you do it.....DO NOT download stuff on school computers, thats how a lot of these idiots get caught, they do it on the colleges network......hypothetically if i were in college, i would say i havent had a problem downloading stuff from home on my own connection, but thats hypothetical
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    It will be my pc, the only link to the school is i'll be using the 300K connection.....

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    hypothetically, i would be in the same boat you are, and im not in prison....it shouldnt be a problem

    serioulsy, as long as you dont use the schools network you should be alright, colleges always monitor their stuff and what better way to make a quick buck than to get some kid busted becuase he was downloading 1 song off of the album instead of paying the full $14 and waste the cd, for one damn song, now somehow, you owe them 150,000?

    how does that work, since 1985 cd's have been more expensive than tapes....how is it right for them to screw you for almost 20 years, and YOURE the bad guy for only downloading the songs you like ......DAMN
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    now say u get an mp3 off the artists site, what then? Because most artists are posting songs for download....

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    who knows the record industry is retarded.......if you get it off of an artist site, they probably wont try to bring you to jail.....

    ...stay the hell away from metallica
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    i have every metallica song ever recorded on here lmao. Could i make a program that when ran would turn every .mp3 files found on the computer into like a .txt file, and then be reverseable? Cuz then when ever i leave my place i can turn em all to .txt files haha....doubt it tho

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    If you follow the news, you will notice that no one has gotten busted for downloading, but for sharing. So as long as you dont share any files, your okay (for now)
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    yeah because downloading from another person off of kazaa is definitely NOT sharing no matter what angle you look at it

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    Originally posted by RoD
    i have every metallica song ever recorded on here lmao. Could i make a program that when ran would turn every .mp3 files found on the computer into like a .txt file, and then be reverseable? Cuz then when ever i leave my place i can turn em all to .txt files haha....doubt it tho
    you could probably do it. just reassign extensions. but not to a .txt file. you'll have files that you want to keep as .txt change to .mp3. you can reassign extensions through command prompt, you could probably just write a program that calls this.

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    Perhaps you could use a proxy... check astalavista.com for more info.
    Away.

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