Chances are that you have shared music or other files on the Internet. Whenever you share files on the Internet you are likely using a peer-to-peer (PTP) service. PTP file-sharing is a service that allows connected users to share their files with each other almost instantaneously.
WinMX is a PTP file-sharing program that runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems. Frontcode Technologies created WinMX in 2001 and became one of the most used PTP file-sharing programs for music around 2005. It was later bought out by a community of developers and has been surpassed by other PTP networks like Gnutella and Bit Torrent. However, WinMX is still a very popular PTP file-sharing program in Japan.
So, is WinMX legal? In short, the software is legal, but the way in which you use it may be illegal.
Next, let’s explore the legality of WinMX.