I'm a newbie and want to know if you think I'm in trouble

Hi

I’ve joined here because I have a bad habit of downloading music rather naughtily and now my laptop is broken. I don’t think it’s the downloading that broke it but as it’s only a couple of months old I want to send it back to the manufacturer to be fixed under warranty. My question to you knowledgeable folk is this: how likely is it that they will go hunting through my files, discover this menagerie of illegality and promptly shop me to the police? I don’t know how common this is.

Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks

not very likely IMO

50/50 id say. they might they might not. pray for the best but expect the worst imo. and next time (if possible) format your hd b4 sending in for major repairs.

Sadly the bugger won’t even turn on. So there’s nowt I can do about it and I never expected it to bust so soon! Will possibly save all naughty things to the portable hard drive from now on.

If it is only MP3s, they may be legally ripped from CDs you own or legally downloaded files. If it is other content, things may be different (few years ago someone was caught with kiddy porn this way…which served him right in my opinion).

I assume you have, by now, legally purchased the songs, so they are no longer illegal…

well good luck either way.

and on a side note, whats the use in having a help website if youre just gonna tell everyone to do it themselves? (I don’t dislike newbies, just lazy people who expect others to do their work for them.)

thats a rhetorical question btw.

Here’s a rhetorical answer ;). Tax is [B]not[/B] saying Newbies are lazy people: merely that there’s a difference between people willing to put some effort into learning, and those who can’t be arsed.

I nicely good point. Though I’d like to say I’m more seeking opinions than how to instructions. Unfortunately there’s a few episodes of Heroes on the computer that could only have come from illegal means as I’m in the UK. However they will actively have to go snooping on my computer to find them. Fair enough if the computer is riddled with child porn, serves them right indeed.

gotcha. however ive never been arsed before. at least i dont think ive ever been. sounds rather uncomfortable if you ask me.

as far as heroes goes, if its on free tv wouldnt downloading the episodes be the same as recording them with a vcr?

Maybe similar, but not “the same”. :bigsmile:
But laws don’t differ between “similar” and “the same”.

ok well heres a hypothetical question. lets say someone has a movie that they want to backup but so far every software they try fails to work. so they go and download the movie. mind you the person owns the actual movie they just cant successfully back it up. does this situation make the downloading of the movie legal?

heres another hypo question. lets say that someone breaks into ones home and steals all or a big chunk of their original dvd’s and leaves the backups. authorities come in to investigate the robbery and find all of the backups but since the originals are gone how can the guy prove that they are backups and not illegal rips?

[QUOTE=pythonis;1967519]ok well heres a hypothetical question. lets say someone has a movie that they want to backup but so far every software they try fails to work. so they go and download the movie. mind you the person owns the actual movie they just cant successfully back it up. does this situation make the downloading of the movie legal?[/QUOTE]Also depends on the country you live in. In the Netherlands it would be legal. For the purpose of this forum I deem it to be illegal, to avoid any discussions.

[QUOTE=pythonis;1967524]heres another hypo question. lets say that someone breaks into ones home and steals all or a big chunk of their original dvd’s and leaves the backups. authorities come in to investigate the robbery and find all of the backups but since the originals are gone how can the guy prove that they are backups and not illegal rips?[/QUOTE]Again, difficult to prove…
For myself I can say that I don’t keep receipts, but many purchases from record stores and alike can at least show that I bought many items there… On another note, empty space in DVD/CD racks etc give a good indication too.

But here too, it depends on the country you live in. Although you may argue fair use policy, backing up certain content can only be accomplished by breaking copyrights, which is not allowed in a lot of countries…

But this comes down to legal discussions that can be found in previous threads in these forums…

fair enough

[QUOTE=wannabegeek;1967469]Hi
Any advice is appreciated.
Thanks[/QUOTE]

Also in the UK and I suspect that most techies wouldn’t turn you in. They probably have more downloaded material than you do. I’ve had tech support people on the phone telling me what movies they’re currently downloading.

But obviously no-one anywhere can give you a certain assurance that you’re safe, so a practical thing you could do would be to take the laptop’s hard-drive out and see if you can delete the files from another computer before putting it back in and sending it back.

You can connect hard-drives to other computers with an IDE to USB connector, or a SATA to USB connector, depending on what sort of hard-drive is in your laptop. This is the sort of thing I mean. (I hope Advanctec don’t mind me direct linking to the item, only way I can point straight to the connectors). They’re not expensive but maybe someone you know has one?

Wont go into graphic detail on how to do all this, in case you already know all this, but if not, it’s easy enough to learn or ask.

Hope this helps,

-H.