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Downloading music Answered

My friend tells me that downloading music from such things as limewire is perfectly legal as long as you don't go around sharing those files. True or false? My friend's info has been a bit iffy in the past.


The RIAA sure thinks its wrong. "coping music you own is stealing" occording to them....but i say liberate the bay!!!!!

Yeah, but while I am searching for how to record streaming music on the internet, I found there are some related programs. I know it is illegal to download music with copyrights restrictions.

General rule of thumb..it's ok to download something if you already own it....If you lost the CD that you bought, it's ok to download the songs again. If you buy a program that is only meant for one installation, it's not ok to download.

.If you lost the CD that you bought

Well, I'm not sure about that one ...

If the CD is damaged, maybe it's possible. But you have to keep the damaged CD as a proof.

If you lost the CD that you bought
Sorry buddy thats No Deal! (meaning no)

If you bought the rights to the songs on that CD, then yes you could just redownload
But your actually buying a CD which has the songs on them, nothing more
Its like if you bough a car and crashed it... and said....er.. can i get a new one for free?

If you buy a music track (in whatever form), you are allowed to render it into a format that makes it easier to listen to, whether that is ripping it for your mp3, or making an audio cassette for your car. You are also allowed to make a backup copy (if you fear your car may be broken into, you may make a copy of the CD to play in your car). However, as soon as you sell or give one of those copies away, or allow more than one copy to be listened to simultaneously, you are breaking copyright laws.

I just said that as a counter to his example. On what you were saying...if you don't make a backup, and then lose the CD...can you re download those same tracks?

That is a VERY Big question -- untested too.... The question is... Are you buying a song? Or, are you buying a license to that media? I personally like to think it's the latter - as we're allowed to make a backup of our media. But, at the same time - you can't request a new hard copy of your media without paying for the entire cost. I, for one, would be very content with a $3 or so fee to replace damaged media (send in the broken DVD/CD and get a new one) :p But, in order for it to be available from someone other than the producing company.... Illegal (under current US law) activity must take place. That's why we should move to Sweden :p

Honestly, I don't know. That excuse would probably fail in court of law, because you're not making a backup of the track/file you originally bought. It could almost (under UK law) be classed as receiving stolen goods, because somebody, somewhere, broke copyright (i.e. stole royalties) to make that file downloadable.


10 years ago

I ***LOVE*** Tape Recorders !!!


And those radio transmitters for digital music players.

And how I used to force TRS-80's to CLOAD music in the early 1980's.

But Everyone said listening to music on a computer was a totally geek nerd thing to do. I knew everyone would do it in the future, but never guessed it would someday ... like today ... be a CRIME.

listening to music on a computer is not, nor ever has been a crime. Neither is recording music with your computer. What is a crime is sharing that music with others.

I don't know... Is what you're doing moral?

It is safe to say that the people that you get your music from (downloading though a program) are doing something illegal.

False iTunes and even CD stores are dropping their prices to make it fair for everyone and keep artists employed

xD I love the google ad by the side for WinMX :-P

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Your timing is perfect :p

The first guilty verdict for sharing music was just given out yesterday (Oct. 5) :p That is, until yesterday there was no judicial precedent set as everything has always been settled outside of court. Really, it gives the DMCA more strength...

So downloading.... It's pretty safe to say, that those that would be earning royalties (such as the recording label) - are not happy. For now, the model is to file suit against the people sharing. The idea being that if you stop the share, you can't download. BUT, should that strategy change, and they decide to go after those downloading instead (or in addition) - there's nothing that says they can't...

So, as of this moment - no one can guarantee how safe you are with respect to the legality of this situation. There's no judicial precedent - but copyright laws are pretty clear that if you use something you don't have permission - it's infringement.

The safest way to go about it - pay for your music ;) There's plenty of download services that are guaranteed legal :p In that case, you don't risk lawsuit at some point down the line ;) Of course, you can risk it - but you risk legal fees (currently, the average settlement for sharing is circa $4,000 - it depends on severity).

You might find this useful....

The fine was $9,250 per song.

It won't stop some people, though. I know two people whose hobby is bootlegging movies and CDs - they always have the latest movies on DVD before they're in the theatres. Sometimes they're dodgy filmed-in-the-preview-screenings copies, but they also get (somehow) copies of the copies sent to professional reviewers to save them the effort of going to the screenings.

They don't bootleg for money, but for prestige - who has the most complete collection the fastest.

The fine was $9,250 per song.

Yeah, pretty steep :p My comment was referenced to settlements outside of court ;)

They don't bootleg for money, but for prestige - who has the most complete collection the fastest.

Alas, I know a few people like that....

Erm, um, hope the RIAA never views my re-energising Instructable (grows sweaty and nervous, checking constantly for SWAT teams outside).

Read the current event where a Minnesota woman was charged $9,250.00 for each song she shared and downloaded illegally. Looks like it is illegal to me.

yeah i was just thinking along the lines of using google to get to parent directories...


10 years ago

I like the Youtube. You click and download that song. Funny.