Surfing the Internet, looking for music and movies to download, you will find a lot of so called music and movie download sites. These sites do not provide you with music, or movies to download, no, they provide you with file sharing soft ware you can use to search for, and download music, movies and games. Most of them also provide you with cd burning soft ware and they have a helpdesk for those members who run in to problems with their downloading.
These sites are under attack.
First of all there is the entertainment industry that wants to shut them down. They claim that these file sharing programs are used to download copy right protected materials.
This is true of course, but lots of people download and trade files legally on file-sharing networks.You can, for example, legally download music from hundreds of bands and thousands live concerts, as well as multiple software titles and games. File sharing has enabled music fans from around the world to build the largest library of recorded music in history. File sharing is not illegal as long as you obey and comply with all relevant copyright laws. Sharing copyrighted material without permission could be illegal in your country.
In America the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) are leading the fight against the sharing of copyrighted music. Others, like Hollywood's MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) are also starting to get involved and are taking legal action against the music and movie download sites.
It will not be easy to shut down these download sites. Especially since the Internet has no borders, it will be an almost impossible task, to get all the countries in the world to agree on how to legislate Internet downloading.
Another attack on music and movies download sites comes from, what I call, seasoned Internet users. They claim these download sites are a scam, because they charge for something you can get for free.
Well, you could get it for free, that is true. These download sites provide you with soft ware to search for and download files from the Internet. They provide you with soft ware to burn these files on a cd should you wish to do so.
All this software is available for free on the Internet, but for an Internet novice it could be a daunting task to look for this kind of soft ware, to decide which soft ware to use, how to use it.On top of that they have to make sure that they do not download spy ware, ad ware or what ever. Joining a download site and have all the info in one place is not a bad option for most of them. Another advantage is the fact that these download sites provide a help desk for their members.
Is it a scam if you provide info that people could get for free elsewhere?
You are looking for a telephone number, so you look it up in the phone book.
Say you do not have the right phone book, you can go out looking for it.
You probably can find this free info in the library.
You can also pick up the phone and ring an information service.
They will provide you with this free info and they will charge you for it.
So, is this information service a scam?
I do not think so, and I also do not think that the music and movies download sites are a scam.
Provided of course that they tell you what you can expect from them before you sign up with them, and that they deliver on this promise
If you want to join a download site, chose one that gives a guaranty that you can have your money back if not satisfied.
Once you have joined, test out everything, especially their helpdesk.
If you have no questions, ask them a few things you know already, just to test their response.
And last but not least, do not hesitate to charge back your money if you are not completely satisfied.