I thought it would be a good idea in keeping with the overall goal of this site to start a thread to give people a list of legal and secure sites for downloading free or dirt-cheap movies, music and software/games.
I believe this would helpful in terms of not just telling people not to visit/support pirating websites,
but to also give them other alternatives so that there wouldn't be a temptation to go there anyway
(And also for people like me that Don't want to steal, but also don't want to pay more than I have to)
Master list of sites for free/dirt cheap movies, music and free/free to try software:
Contains music with expired copyright according to UK copyright law, which states that the copyright expires 70 years after the author's death.
As such, some of the music may be considered "pirated" in countries with longer copyright periods.
For example, The longest copyright period I know of is Mexico (100 years after the author's death).
This guy composes his own music and gives it away for free!
Movies and/or TV
Movies and tv free with ads, or (for cost of membership) watchable without ads.
Free for Dishnetwork users?
Not completely free, but VERY low price!
WARNING! As stated by Quietman, Many free Software Sites contain ads or link to sites containing ads with misleading download links to potentially dangerous software!
Be sure to click the correct download link, which is usually smaller than the false link, and it's usually a good Idea to avoid clicking on links with the words "Reccomended" or "Important" next to the link.
Even if the correct download link is selected, Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
May be installed if you click through without opting out.
Cnet Download (Wide variety of software, including games, Game demos, video and audio players, editors etc.)
Cnet installs PUPS practically as a rule unless you opt out.
Also has a utility for keeping programs up to date.
A list of unsafe/legally questionable "for free" sites would probably be helpful as well.
Edited by Jdaniel314, 25 January 2014 - 08:19 PM.