Is Downloading Music From Frostwire Illegal?

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Is Downloading Music From Frostwire Illegal?
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FrostWire, a spin-off of the once popular file sharing program LimeWire, intends to support non-copyrighted music and works that are released for free under Creative Commons and other similar licensing. However, downloading and sharing copyrighted music and pirated works on FrostWire is strictly illegal.

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FrostWire is an open source file-sharing client that operates on the Gnutella peer-to-peer network and through BitTorrent protocols. FrostWire has claimed that the file-sharing client intends to promote legal file-sharing with content creators who are willing to distribute their works for free under the Creative Commons or similar licenses. However, pirated music and other illegal content has infiltrated the network.


FrostWire's Terms and Conditions strictly prohibit the sharing of pirated and copyrighted content, including music, stating that a user may not: "Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright...". Nevertheless, pirated music and other such copyrighted content can be found on FrostWire, and downloading pirated music or any content under copyright from FrostWire is illegal.


To avoid illegally downloading copyrighted music from FrostWire, search for music and other shared content that is licensed under the Creative Commons. To distinguish between open source and pirated material in FrostWire, select the "Creative Commons" option under "License Type" in an Audio search in order to filter out works protected by copyright.

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