Am I allowed?

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  1. jamescwarren macrumors 6502

    jamescwarren

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    I have noticed all these torrent sites where you can download things for free and stuff like that but before I start using it, I would like to knoiw if it is illegal or not. If it isn't, then I'll start using it straight away. If it's not, then I won't. Please help.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You'll have to be more specific. Some sites offer legal torrent downloads, some offer illegal ones. Generally you have to go back to the official site of the actual file (software, movie, song or whatever) and see what they say. Generally if they're charging a price, then the torrent you find will be illegal. :)
     
  3. jamescwarren thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the website I have seen is: (link removed) . is that one alright?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It's not the site you get files from, but rather it's the specific files you try to download that are relevant. What do you want to download? Check the web site of the developer/manufacturer/producer/owner of the file to see what the copyright licence says (or more simply, check how much it costs).

    I hate to say it, but most torrents are not legal. :(
     
  5. Lacero macrumors 604

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    BitTorrent is a lot like a loaded gun. Depending on what you shoot, it could be illegal or perfectly acceptable. Do you plan on being a naughty boy? :D


    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  6. kretzy macrumors 604

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    It's pretty much on par with the legality of P2P networks.
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Basic rule: If the torrent is for something that costs money it's probably not legal to obtain it for free.

    I'm sure that there are exceptions (say for demo versions) but it's probably a good start.
     
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  9. California macrumors 68040

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    Am I "aloud"? :eek:

    Wow. I don't know anything about bittorrent or any of that stuff -- but

    I'm pretty sure that "aloud" is not a word. Is there any way to spell check on MR, I wonder? That is a such a peculiar spelling error... wow. Sorry it's very late and its glaring illiteracy just caught my eye. I guess it is latent snobbery that all Mac people are well-educated and of superior intelligence.. :cool:
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Some browsers have inbuilt spell checkers. I use Safari and it's off by default but I turned it on by CONTROL-CLICKING in the text window and selecting Check Spelling As You Type. Of course, it really wouldn't help the aloud situation though, it's merely a spell check, not a grammar check. :eek:
     
  11. Bern macrumors 68000

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    When you say aloud do you mean as opposed to a quiet? :p
     
  12. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I'll say this out aloud...I think the main lesson from this thread is that torrents are generally not allowed. :D
     
  13. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Aloud is a word. As in "to read aloud". The Tiger built in dictionary says:

    "aloud |??la?d| adverb 1 audibly; not silently or in a whisper : he read the letter aloud. 2 archaic loudly : he wept aloud. ORIGIN Middle English : from a- 2 (expressing manner) + loud ."

    I agree that it's used incorrectly in the thread title though.

    It should read "Am I allowed?".
     
  14. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Or Girls Aloud. :D

    girlsaloud.jpg
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  15. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    It surely is a valid word, just not in the context in which it was used by the poster.

    I don't feel the need to comment on misspellings so long as I understand what is being asked. As far as Mac people are concerned, the commonality there is that the clear majority can state with accuracy that, in one degree or another, they overpaid for their hardware. I'll pass on the issue of superiority. Snobbery ... well, that depends.
     
  16. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Gotta love those homophones!
     
  17. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Oh yes! They are to, too, two cute for words. :)
     
  18. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I know! There are so many of them that they're difficult to use in their correct forms. :p
     
  19. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Agreed and a decent starting place would be to check out ... www.cooper.com/alan/homonym_list.html

    That list represents homophones, not homonyms as stated. Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings. Homonyms sound the same and have similar spellings, but different meanings.
     
  20. ClarkeB macrumors 6502

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    Hahaha I was actually just thinking that.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. California macrumors 68040

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    Well, as far as Mac people are concerned, I'm glad that girls are aloud or allowed or alloud or alowed or eiloud or eillowed or whatever on MR.

    Otherwise I would not be here.
    :)
     
  22. adk macrumors 68000

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    It's not mac people, it's forum users in general. They feel the need to feel superior to other people by correcting inane spelling mistakes. just the other week I was told this:

     
  23. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Well if you are going to talk Apple why not do it properly ;)
     
  24. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I totally agree, I have found this to be even worse on other forums I have visited. I hope you didn't take offense at our little bit of word play with the homophones, it wasn't intended to be snobbish - just a bit of fun. ;)
     
  25. adk macrumors 68000

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    Actually, the worst example of this i've ever seen was on another forum. One poster (assumedly american) was convinced that a UK poster was spelling the word "colours" wrong.
     

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