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Legal Movie Download Sites:  Do They Exist?

By Peter Nisbet

Legal movie download sites seem very difficult if not impossible to find online, and I am not surprised that illegal downloads run at about 4 Ė 5 times the rate of legal downloads.  Part of the reason for this is geographic limitation, whereby movie companies allow online sites to sell legal movies only to specific geographic areas, such as Movielink that is not available outside the USA.  You canít even join their affiliate program unless you live in the USA.

Vongo are the same, so why are they so surprised that the rest of the world purchase lifetime memberships to file sharing software services?  The chances of being prosecuted are less than those of winning the USA and European lotteries both in the same year.  Even if you do purchase legally the prices are way over the top, almost inviting people to break the law.

They are complaining at losing so much money that the actors are in penury, working for practically nothing.  I think the millions they are given for just making the movie should be enough for one human being, without continuing to fleece us on royalties from sales of the videos.  Why do videos cost so much when they cost only pennies to make?

However, letís have a closer look at the morality of illegally downloading copyrighted movies.  On the face of it, it is an offence to do so, and we all realize that.  So what are the alternatives is we want a movie to play on our PSP or iPod?  Where do we get them?

I have checked out Google and every site offering iPod movies is a file sharing P2P network site.  It is legal as claimed, but only if used to download amateur movies rather than those that most people want to buy.  Every single one, even those attached to article directory files from writers claiming to offer totally legal iPod movie downloads, were P2P sites.

So if we canít get what we want legally, what do we do?  Remember the Prohibition?  We obviously get what we want illegally.  Donít get me wrong: file sharing is not illegal and it is not illegal to promote file sharing websites, but it is illegal to use them to download copyright protected movie files.  However, as I said, your chances of being caught are almost zilch, and if the big movie companies canít move into the 21st century, then they deserve to lose out.  It might not be morally right, but they should provide the alternative rather than complaining.

Even legal PSP movie downloads seem impossible to get, even if you are willing to pay for them.  Every site I found on page 1 of Google was a P2P site.  If there are any real legal sites out there that are run by the movie companies, or by Sony, then they should be at #1 on Google for the most obvious keywords.  They have the dough to pay for even the highest priced Adword keywords and to employ the SEO experts to get them to #1 for every keyword.

Nope.  I have come to the conclusion that the movie companies spend more time complaining than trying to do something about it.  At least you can purchase legal music downloads pretty easily these days, but movies?  No chance!  Stop complaining and acting like the little kids you prosecute.  You are supposed to be the Big Boys of the movie world, yet you cry your eyes out about little high school kids beating you senseless with technology, when you canít even make regular movie downloads available for we who are willing to pay for them.

Until that time, I will continue to offer peer-to-peer file sharing software to those that want to use it, and if they use it for illegal purposes that is their choice.  I should warn them not to and do, but I certainly canít blame them.

Until movie companies get off their big fat butts and get into this century I will provide people with the means to legally share movie files Ė nod, nod, wink, wink!  My software isnít illegal and it is free.  Why should I give up my business of providing a means to legally download movies and music made by people that want to share it freely just because large corporations canít get of their big fat asses and provide the public with what they want?

As soon as any legal download facilities become available than I will offer it, as I do the sites that allow you to legally download copyrighted music, such as the new Napster and other similar music sites.  The problem is that there are few similar movie sites.

I am completely honest about the legality of downloads from P2P sites, and to extend that honesty, most of the p2p software on sale for a lifetime payment is free open source software that anybody can get completely free without paying anything.  If you go for that, however, you donít get the supercharged software that speeds up the downloads to a tolerable speed, you donít get the support and you donít get the extra software offered.

You make your own mind with open source software whether to use it as it is or to go for a better presentation, support and download speed.  I made my mind up and know what I prefer, but then I download legal movies.

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If you want more information on the theory and practice movie downloads and the various types of sites that you can use check out Online Free Movies for info on file types and codecs, and some very good download sites.

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