I’ve always felt that it isn’t enough to tell people not to illegally download music and video media. If you really want to curb that kind of illegal behavior, you have to provide reasonable alternatives that give people what they want – not to mention getting people to avoid installing some of the peer-to-peer sharing software than is often bundled with security-compromising malware.
So Educause compiled a comprehensive list of sites that you can use to legally download or stream audio and video content. Personally, I love Netflix’s streaming service and I know a lot of people who are using Hulu to catch up on their favorite TV programs. Some of these are commercial products and some are free (normally supported by ad revenue). So have a look around and pick the one that has the right combination of content, convenience, quality, and subscription model that fits your needs.