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Download Free Online Movies Legally and Avoid Bootleg Movies

When you download free online movies you can do so without getting involved with bootleg movies and problems they can bring you. The same software can be used to download both, so if you are looking for free movie downloads, use the legal software and legal movie download websites to do so.

File sharing software can be used for legal movie downloads simply by checking the copyright situation of the movie you would like to download. Many good movies are in the public domain, and lots of people access these using P2P networks. The fact is, that the file sharing software used is not illegal to use - it is those using them for bootleg movies that are acting illegal in the way they use it.

It is just as legal to use file sharing networks to download free online movies as it is to use the same software to download movie stills and copy books - that's how Walt Disney made his first few millions: by using the fairy tales of the Brother Grimm and others free of charge. You must not download movies that are still under copyright protection, and that generally applies to anoything under 60 years old at the moment!

However, it is still possible to download free online movies from legal movie download sites without downloading bootleg movies. Here is one way to do this:

Download Free DVD Movies Legally

You can download free DVD movies legally by using a service that offers movies from a DVD bank that has been pre-approved for legally downloading. This is a membership site where a single lifetime membership payment enables you to download unlimited movies from the many thousands of movies in their database.

Such membership sites might well offer much fewer titles you can choose from, but they are legal to download, so you are not breaking the law by doing so. Many of the movies on offer are available from offline video stores, and have been cleared to sell online by download from genuine membership sites.

Bootleg Movie Download: Illegal Movie Downloads

Illegal movie downloads are when you download free online movies that are protected by copyright. It doesn't matter if you use file sharing software or P2P networks to do this, or download directly from online directories or databases to your computer. If the material you download, whether in the form of movies, music, games, written or material, is still under copyright, then it is illegal to do that without prior permission.

It is important therefore, that you check the copyright situation because the same software and the same membership sites can be used for bootleg movies and for legal downloads. It is up to you to use the file sharing membership site legally, not the fault of the system you are using.

Use Them Legally!

Many people use file sharing to distribute their work, particularly new artists wanting their material to be heard, and getting their name known. In cases such as these you can legally download their work free of charge because they are allowing you to do so. Whether or not it is right for an artist or band to complain when a fan downloads a track free just to check it out before buying a concert ticket or an album is open to question.

Personally I believe they complain too much, but in the case of downloading bootleg movies when you download free online movies, that is your decision to make. It is not my responsibility to prevent you from doing that, nor should governments ban perfectly legal software. However, it is my duty to warn you about illegal downloads, and this is one of the functions of this article, although I also do so on the download pages of my website where such membership sites are offered. The sites are legal so use them legally.

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For more information on how to download free online movies without breaking the law, visit Pete's website where you will also find how to avoid downloading bootleg movies and keep within the law.

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Article Added on Friday, September 30, 2011
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