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Vintage Colonge: Eternity
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Do you remember Eternity? Now, this is a really, really, really old cologne! Actually, it came out in 1988, and is made by Calvin Klein. I think this smells so good. Depending on where you're at geographically, it can be very difficult to get in stores. However, that's no problem, because you can get it here. Great vintage cologne to wear for the summer.

Try Classic KARAOKE !

Every thought about having an old school karaoke party? Or maybe, that special karaoke bar your friends always drag you to never has the music you like? Choose from hundreds, and hundreds of both classic and new downloadable karaoke music for your next party! or karaoke meetup. Download them here.

12 Issues: Spiderman Mag
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I used to LOVE comic books! In fact, I still do. A lot has changed since I was heavily in to comics, from the comic's printed art, to all the exciting great movies that continue to come out under both Marvel and DC comics. Comics are Unique in that you can enjoy the latest and greatest stories, while getting your nostalgic fix for very old superhero characters that go as far back as the 50s. Check out and subscribe to the new Spider-Man magazine, and get the latest news that is happening in Spider-Man's world here.

12 Issues Of X-Men Mag
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Out of all the comics, X-men are my most favorite. Maybe it's because in many ways I can relate to them. Struggling to navigate in a world that hates them. The only thing I can't relate to is having mutant powers (I wish LOLOLOL)! One thing is very clear of not just X-men, but almost all comic book characters, is that the male bodies have become much more defined, and the women are more voluptuous. Not sure if this is the result of mutant evolution, or a subconscious effort to sell comics. Whatever the reason, it's working! In this 12 month issue, or X-Men continues the fight for respect for all mutants, equality, and basic rights to exist. Learn more about this amazing magazine here.

Twitter Feed: My Classics!!
Free Streaming: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.
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Free Streaming: YouTube
I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by the music labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger. But it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify, and pay artist for YouTube Videos. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (with ads). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized by their labels as a result of how YouTube is setup). But you know, I've been researching this for years, and I think I'm realizing what could be happening. Since Google is an online music retailer, it is possible that the record labels have worked out a deal that YouTube aka Google's videos are free license (some sort of packaged deal)? This would explain music videos with no ads. I also thought of Shazam too, which also uses YouTube. Because these licenses are usually top secret and withheld from the public, we'll never really know (I don't think). But rest assured, we know for a fact that Spotify, Napster, and all the other major streaming services, and Internet radio are paying royalties on all their streaming. Visit YouTube.com

Free Streaming: Crackle
Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors! Visit Crackle

Free Streaming: PBS

PBS.org has a lot of free programming available to watch on their website. Also available for your ROKU device. They have some of the best documentaries available. From our vets, to the history of NYC, to historical arts and theater. Channel 13 & 21 really works hard to bring to you strong educational content. Visit PBS

Free Streaming: Local Lib

Do you have a library card? Not too many people realize that ANY major public library within ANY of the 50 states allows you to digitally download/borrow content through their website. The licenses are the same as borrowing physical books and media. Each state maybe different. Once the license expires, you'd be denied access. The license can easily be renewed if there are available licenses for previously borrowed item. Please note that downloadable content can only be possible if the library card matches the state location of your library's website. So in other words, to borrow the New York Public Library's content, YOU MUST have a NY library card. Visit NYPL

Free Streaming: Popcorn
Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web. Visit Popcorn Flix

Free Streaming: Tubi TV
It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."
Visit TubiTV

Free Streaming: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free). Visit OV Guide

Free Streaming: AMG TV

AMG TV offers FREE streaming of many classic movies on their website. It functions like a regular TV station with the commercials. Movies are NOT "on demand," meaning you can't choose what you want to see. The site has their own online TV guide, so you can see current and future programming and their time slots. The types of things shown are "Escape From Alcatraz (1979)," Starring Clint Eastwood, and also some recent TV shows such as "Leverage." Check out their online TV guide for listings. Visit AMG TV

Free Streaming: Snag Films

Snag Films is an absolutely FREE and legal video streaming service, and has content very close to what PBS (channel 13/21) has. Most of it's library contains, documentaries, and docudrama films. Find films on Hendrix, Ali, and MLK. You can also find stories on Cuban America, politics, classic B&W movies, and some educational LGBT films. The service is also available on Roku. Visit Snag Films

Free Streaming: Viewster

Viewster is a FREE streaming site that mostly does popular Asian movies, TV Shows, and Anime. However, they do have some American movies such as "Amnesiac," and "Inside Man." Plenty of horror movies, and old classics. Some LGBT movies as well. Unfortunately, many of the Asian content may not have subtitles (depending). Visit Viewster

Free Streaming: Film Rise

Like Snag Films, Film Rise has loads of documentaries and many other content, available FREE of charge. From movies, TV shows, to very old B&W classics. Also available for Roku. Totally legal, totally safe, and totally free with commercials! Find classic TV shows such as "The Heat Of The Night," and "Forensic Files." Find movies like "Tales Of Terror," with Vincent Price, and "Night Feeders." I recommend that you search for movies on your Roku box instead of browsing on their site. Most of the links seem to concentrate on selling movies through Amazon. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you only want to see free movies displayed, use your Roku box. Now, to be perfectly honest, most of these movies aren't my cup of tea. However, I posted this for people who still do love this kind of incredibly low budget and awful acting. BUT, some of the documentaries/TV shows are worth watching. Visit Film Rise

Semi Free: Google
GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out. Visit GooglePlay

Subscription: Napster
My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. The Napster service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 40+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. New features now include, adding custom gif covers to your playlists, OR upload your own covers! Also, sift through suggested music based off your unique playlist! Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster. Visit Napster

Subscription: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 94+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 4,000+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 6 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 200,000+ movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month. Well worth the subscription. You'll never by another disc in a store again. Visit Netflix

Subscription: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix. Visit Hulu

Subscr/Retail: Amazon
Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch. Visit Amazon

Subscr/Retail: iTunes
I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android. Visit Apple

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Here is a list of my hand picked resources, on where you can find FREE links to legal internet radio, YouTube links to classic TV shows, classic music performances, my favorite movie recommendations, and more! I add a couple of links about once every couple of months. Visit Resources

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Credit: Paul Gallo, used under Creative Commons License

Credit: Paul Gallo, used under Creative Commons License

 

How To Safely Find Free/Legal & Low Cost Subscription/Legal Streaming Services:

Finding safe and legal downloads/streaming is becoming much harder and harder to detect. Unless you have a good thorough understanding of both the basics of copyrights and computing, most people just don’t know. The truth of the matter is, most people don’t want to know about copyright stuff (or the inner workings of their computer/device for that matter). Sometimes there is just too much to know, and can get quite overwhelming. All most people want to do is view or listen to whatever they want and not be bothered. And you know what? I kind of feel the same way to some extent. However, the reality is we are at a point in time where we should know something about it, and the reasons are just too long to get into (not to mention the issue of privacy of where you live being compromised, subpoenas issued for phone numbers, security being compromised, open access and full control of all our devices connected to your network (unbeknown to you), which can include (but not limited to) your SmartTV. All of these things you’re exposed to, while you’re either unknowingly, or willfully trying to illegally get movies, etc from untrusted websites or torrents. The other unfortunate fact is, the average person isn’t savvy enough to know how to properly secure their network. And even then, you got to constantly update yourself, in making sure what are the latest threats, which can be maddening! You don’t always want to be behind the criminals do you? By the way, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a wireless network or connecting via RJ45. However wireless do tend to be a little more vulnerable if it isn’t properly secured. Let me also say that it is unfortunate that Samsung doesn’t do frequent updates on their SmartTVs’ OS, I would NEVER get on the internet using my Samsung SmartTV. Hence, you REALLY need to be careful about attaching that camera to your TV as well. There are two major things that my readers need to focus on. First is security, you need to understand the devastation that a hacker can cause once they gain access to your home network. It’s not about someone “piggybacking off your bandwidth.” The second thing is, it’s not just about “getting caught stealing movies,” it’s about both worrying about getting caught via DMCA AND HACKERS that can infiltrate your system and cause not only physical damage to all your devices, but can cause irreparable damage to your life. You really need to stop bullshitting and invest a little more time in getting to understand computers, and how loop holes in security has affected our privacy.

However, these are some of my personal tips, clues and advice, on how to safely spot legally free movie streaming sites:

  • If you see it on your Roku Box, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, or Chrome stick, there is a 99.99% chance it’s legal. Currently, these are out biggest and well known streaming competitors on the market. Big names would NEVER ruin their reputation by having any illegal content, or links to any illegal operations.
  • Android, and Windows platforms are starting to get more applications for “free movies” for your mobile devices. PLEASE be careful!! I’ve investigated quite a few of them, and a good percentage of them are illegal. Not only are they illegal, they’re filled with Spyware, Malware, and many times before you can use them, you MUST give them permission to gain access to your phone contacts, photos, social media, incoming phone calls, etc. We are now at a point in time that mobile users really should start installing anti-viruses. Please only stick to the well known names such as Netflix, Hulu, and or Amazon for right now.
  • Links without video ads. Video ads are essential to any free streaming service. There has to be a sponsor that pays for that stream you’re seeing for free. Therefore, if you’re not paying for it, and there is no ads, it’s illegal (unless public domain).
  • Be on the look out for unknown blogs that mix legal and illegal resources under the label “free movies.”
  • If there are hundreds of links pointing to different sources, chances are it’s illegal. Note: most Creative Commons site don’t use ads, however, sometimes internet radio may to help pay for streaming costs.
  • At the current stage of video streaming, no service will offer free downloads of new movies, unless independent movie under creative commons license (rare), or Public Domain, or New York Public Library (but studios usually don’t allow libraries to have digital copies until years later)! So if you see 30 different buttons that say “download now,” 98% of the time it’s illegal and you’re at risk.
  • However, there are extremely rare occasions that an independent/major label would promote an artist by offering a limited time offer of ONE or two songs free download. I have personally never witnessed full albums offered, UNLESS the music is under Creative Commons license (which major artists are not). Nowadays, labels preferred method of promotion is YouTube.
  • If you click on a link and 50 background pages pop up, it’s an illegal site.
  • If you see a website that offers movies that came out in theaters only a week ago, it IS illegal.
  • If you click on a site that loops you to several other sites, it’s illegal (although sometimes they’re curated YouTube videos; however, remember the goal is to find streams with video ads. Ads pay for the licenses (and ads needs your IP address to be seen, in order for the actors/studio to get credit)).
  • If you click on a link, and it says that you’re required to download any software to see a movie, or claims that your flash is outdated, cancel/exit the website immediately! Do NOT download it, your computer could be compromised.
  • If you see a DMCA compliance notice link on a site’s legalese, chances are its 100% illegal! Why? Sites that are legit, has already setup license agreements. They don’t need to post a DMCA compliance notice “if illegal content is found.” That should be a BIG clue to everyone! DMCA notices are deceiving, because the safe harbor laws require you to have a DMCA link on your site anytime it allows users to upload content; but to the average person it makes the site appear fully legit; and as far as  their legal obligations go, they are. A good example is a site called “SoundCloud,” much like YouTube, while the site itself is a legal operation, it’s users upload content they’re not authorized to use. This particular site is geared towards DJs, with the assumption (or good faith) that the DJ has already taken care of the license/performance fees/and or permissions needed to upload the content. Please go through SoundCloud’s very short help document here. Because SoundCloud is basically a file storage company (bottom line), they don’t pay the DJs’ portion of the licenses and the artists are not being credited. License agreements are VERY different for DJs depending on the circumstance. It is good to keep in mind that SoundCloud is an entirely different service from companies like Spotify, in that the service specializes in DJ mixes not available anywhere else. SoundCloud offers free accounts with few banner ads and audio commercials. They do offer a standard $9.99 subscription service, but in my opinion, they don’t offer enough features for me to want to pay that price (but it is the standard price for most on-demand streaming services). You’re basically paying for the privilege of downloading, no additional bells and whistles that actually wow’d me. On the other hand, if you love DJ music from all over the world it may be of value to you. Now, 8Tracks does pay licenses for music on their users’ uploads (one of the rare ones that do (free)); provided that the user has already purchased (retail store, Amazon, Google, etc) the songs being uploaded (DRM free tracks) and that the ID3 tags are properly filled (can be easily obtained by looking for something in your program’s menu like “get CD info/download CD info/Album covers,” etc); so that both the label and artist get proper credit. Most of the time, programs like iTunes will automatically search the database and fill that information for you once you load the CD. However, there are those occasions, where the music might be very old, obscure, or an independent artist may not have registered their album yet; in that case, you’ll have to do it manually. You should always have them filled out anyway, this is how ALL music programs search and find the music you want to listen to, and make your life easier.
  • Use sites like mine as a good source for finding safe legal content.
  • Remember also that the goal isn’t just being legally safe, it’s also about preventing viral intrusion. Some of these sites have very dangerous viruses/malware just waiting to be installed and attack your computer. Be very careful.
  • While searching, make sure that your virus scan is up-to-date, and having a VPN can really help divert intrusions as well. Some legal services like Netflix, and or Hulu my give you trouble whilst using  a VPN. That’s ok, it’s because their licenses don’t permit them to stream outside the U.S., their service doesn’t know your local because of the VPN. Simply disable it temporarily, until you’ve finished using Netflix, etc.
  • It is often safe to click promotional ads from inside video being played. However, I don’t recommend clicking on any other banner that offer downloads around it. Although they’re likely to be safe and legal, many of them do have 3rd party software that often times install additional menu bars you don’t need; or additional programs you don’t care for; or programs that are difficult to uninstall; which can be just as annoying. Those banners are just a way for the website to make additional/supplement income.
  • The last point I’d like to make is, the lines are often blurred with streaming sites. In other words, it’s not like using torrents, where the bulk of what gets you in trouble is the seeding/leeching. Streaming is an entirely different animal, and unfortunately, for whatever reason, there seems to be a lot of exceptions to the rule, and YouTube is one that gets away with a lot of ^%$#. For instance, if a movie or song is illegally uploaded by a user on streaming service such as YouTube, the viewer is NOT in trouble for watching it, but the uploader is in trouble for uploading it. However, if you’ve signed up for a “free” video streaming service, and it has movies that just came out a week ago in theaters, then common sense says it is a pirated community, and I suggest that you delete that account and no longer use that site. Why? As copyright holder’s search tools become even more proficient and sophisticated, that site will eventually be taken down, and they more than likely may have recorded of your IP at the moment of sign up (unless you’re on a VPN). If the site doesn’t delete their logs, or are unable to quickly enough, oh boy…… Also note that, just because a pirated site may be foreign, it doesn’t mean America cannot get it shut down. While it’s true that the copyright laws are different for every country; because of the Internet, the industries are coming together forming alliances likened to the United Nations. You see, even if you’re not an uploader, because of the nature of what that “site” is, you’re a part of a collected pirated community, and you’re watching movies without purchase, or license to rent. Hence why many people like private trackers (but we’re not discussing on this blog). Again, I want to reiterate that I chose to write about this NOT to judge! I don’t judge people who use torrents for illegal downloads; I come from the file sharing community myself. The reality is the prices on movies are still just too high, as well as the licenses are not low enough to completely get people to curb torrent use. Hopefully this will continue to change and streaming gets even more cheaper, more choices as a result of reasonable licesning, and more easier, safer, and convenient than using torrents. You know, it’s not funny, yet it IS kind of funny that, file sharing is still so huge, that even street bootleggers have been effected. When I was growing up, there were guys with tables on almost every other corner, selling bootleg cassette music and movies. Now, you don’t see none of that anymore, cause you can simply download it from just about any tracker! 😀 It literally isn’t hard to find at all. The problem is, what is the quality when you get it? Are the files compatible, and will it play? Or will you find yourself reading a DMCA email. Or is your ISP at risk of being cut because you chose not to get a VPN? Yet, this does speak to the fact, the lengths people go to, to get the entertainment they want when they absolutely can’t afford it.. Again, My goal is to discuss digital safety to the best of my ability, and we as a file sharing community should discuss this more; from a copyright standpoint, privacy standpoint, security standpoint, and viral/malware standpoint.
  • Good luck!

 

IMPORTANT BLOG READS:

  1. What Are The Differences Between the 3 Major Video Streaming Services?
  2. Legal Streaming vs. Torrents: The Dawn Of A New File Sharing Era!
  3. Downloaded!
  4. Before The Music Dies (2007)
  5. Where Are All The Black Bloggers At? Where Are The Black YouTube Movie Reviewers?

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