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Legal alternatives for obtaining music, videos, and TV
There are many sites that offer legal alternatives to illegal file sharing.
These typically fall into some general categories:
Buy and Download
You download and pay for single songs, albums, or movies.
You are able to keep what you have downloaded.
For music, many people use
Rent and Download
Renting is more often done with movies. Normally you are
able to keep the movie for only a certain period of time.
Subscriptions are similar to renting, but for a fee
you are able obtain music or movies on demand from their libraries.
An example of such a service is Netflix.
Online listening or viewing
There are many online radio stations that provide online music
at no cost.
Many TV shows are available online from the major networks such as
These links are just examples. We are not endorsing one site over another
or one method over another.
Caution: if you legally obtain music or movies on
your computer and have a peer-to-peer filesharing program such
as Limewire, your computer may start sending out your
music or videos. That is a copyright violation and it puts
you at risk of a lawsuit.
How to find these sites with music, videos, movies, and TV
One of the best ways to find the latest information
on sites offering legal alternatives is to search the web for
a phrase like:
Here are some good places to start looking:
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