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I use uTorrent, which I find very useful. 

Torrent clients use peer-to-peer networks to download, that is the file is on other peoples' computers and they upload parts of it through their client (called 'seeding') as you download those separate parts.

I have a folder called 'torrents' where I keep the torrent files, and a folder called 'downloads' where I keep the downloaded file until I want to move it.  These options I set up in the 'options' or 'preferences' part of the help menu.  I imagine it is similar with the program you have.

 

There are useful torrent sites which have perfectly legal items for download, such as Dime-A-Dozen, which I use for downloading music concerts.

 

Hope this helps.

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No, Gabe, seeding is where you are uploading.  The term for downloading (apart from downloading!) is 'leeching'.

The idea of the peer-to-peer network is that you may have downloaded parts of the file from someone else, but another person is getting some part from you. It's a 'give-and-take' process.  When you have the complete file, if the client shows you are still 'seeding', then you are uploading to someone else.

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I have no idea what Bear Share is, so cannot comment on that.

 

It is fairly safe as long as you use normal precautions.  Peerblock is a little program you can use to prevent suspect connections, although it can also block sites you may want to visit!  I run it before leeching/seeding and turn it off afterwards.

 

Keep your antivirus and firewall up to date, of course.  Run a virus check on any downloaded file before you open it.

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Now how about sharing? If someone owns a program, is it okay to copy from their pc for your personal use if the laws in the country allows it. 

 

If the laws AND the software maker are OK with it.

 

As an example - Apple has a new feature where apps can be shared with family members.

 

Microsoft has a similar feature of sharing Office on multiple PCs - through a work share program.

 

I am certain we could come up with more. THEN there are some software manufactures who specifically state "NO SHARING" - click yes to agree. Well, if you clicked "yes" then you wouldn't share it, eh?

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Now how about sharing? If someone owns a program, is it okay to copy from their pc for your personal use if the laws in the country allows it.

 

The various international copyright treaties virtually guarantee that any sharing without direct permission of the manufacturer is illegal.

 

And regardless of the legality, we would abide by the software agreements that we 'signed' by clicking agree. While we may not necessarily face legal action, we would want to remember Jesus' words at Matthew 5:37: "Just let your word ‘Yes’ mean yes, your ‘No,’ no."

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