Caution! Music & Video Downloading: Your Guide to Legal, Safe, and Trouble-Free Downloads
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Caution! Music & Video Downloading: Your Guide to Legal, Safe, and Trouble-Free Downloads

by Russell Shaw, David Mercer
     
 

There's Safety in Knowledge. Are you informed?

Everybody's doing it - downloading music and video from the Internet and sharing files. But you've always worried that such downloads might put your computer at risk, and wondered - are they legal? Relax. This book shows you exactly how to safeguard y our PC while enjoying music and video downloads from safe and

Overview

There's Safety in Knowledge. Are you informed?

Everybody's doing it - downloading music and video from the Internet and sharing files. But you've always worried that such downloads might put your computer at risk, and wondered - are they legal? Relax. This book shows you exactly how to safeguard y our PC while enjoying music and video downloads from safe and legal sources. You'll get the facts, not the scare tactics, about online music services, virus dangers, spyware, identity theft, and other privacy concerns, with many tips to protect your computer and yourself.
* Select download sites that are safe, legal, and sometimes free
* Review major music downloading and file-sharing sites to choose the best service for your needs
* Make informed decisions about direct downloads versus file sharing
* Get the security track records of all the major file-sharing and direct-download sites
* Understand the types of file-sharing attacks and know if you've bee victimized
* Examine the unique risks associated with network use
* Take a look at privacy laws and learn how to protect yourself online
* Learn why illegal downloads aren't worth the risk
* Download media files safely to your cell phone, MP3 player, or PDA

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
File sharing and P2P haven’t disappeared: They’ve just morphed. If you want to do it without lawyers or spyware chasing after you, here’s your complete, up-to-date guidebook.

Russell Shaw and Dave Mercer cover all you need to get started with direct-download sites like the “new” Napster, iTunes, Musicmatch, MSN Music, and RealRhapsody; with the Gnutella2 and Freenet filesharing networks; and with services and tools like Shareaza, BearShare, eDonkey, Overnet, LimeWire, Orpheus, and Kazaa. (With all those options, the authors also offer welcome advice on how to choose.)

There’s a full section on protecting yourself, both technologically and legally -- including how to avoid illegal or obnoxious material, how to keep bad guys out of your network, and what to do if you get one of those nasty RIAA or MPAA letters.

With the nasty stuff out of the way, Shaw and Mercer show how to use your media and take it on the road. You’ll walk step-by-step through downloading and installing iTunes, setting up an Apple iTunes account, and transferring music to your iPod. There’s briefer coverage of competitive devices from Rio, Creative, RCA, Samsung -- and of downloading movies and cellphone ring tones, too.

Think all you can do is listen or watch? The authors offer a full chapter of legal music and video projects, from music slideshows to multimedia scrapbooks -- along with guidance on what will, won’t, and might or might not get you in trouble with megacorporate copyright holders. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764575648
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/22/2004
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Russell Shaw is an author, journalist, technology analyst, and online educator based in Portland, Oregon. He has written numerous books and articles about multimedia content creation and enjoyment, wireless networking, digital photography and video, Web site content and design, and online investing. A train fanatic and a lover of the outdoors, he is proficient at carrying a camera bag and a backpack simultaneously.

Dave Mercer is the founder of Servata Online Applications. He is a computer consultant who has advised corporations, government, and non-profit organizations on information processing.

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