How do I Download Music and Movies Legally?
Great controversy surrounds this issue. However, parents should understand that downloading music and movies from the Internet, under certain circumstances, is legal. At the center of the controversy is the fact that music and movies are copyrighted works, and downloading copyrighted works without expression permission, (that is, without paying for the works), is illegal.
Generally, if the music and movies being downloaded are free and from a peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file sharing network, they are illegal. While places on the Internet exist where you may receive free promotional downloads and free rights from not-so-popular artists, these tend to be the exception, and most files shared on P2P networks are not within this exception.
The bottom line is downloading copyrighted material without expressed permission is illegal. Such music must be purchased in order to be legal.
The Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”) is the entity that may bring the lawsuit against unlawful downloading. The RIAA www.riaa.com provides the following list of websites where music can be legally downloaded at http://www.riaa.com/issues/music/legalsites.asp.
Apple's iTunes Music Store
Compact Disc World
Gallery of Sound
New World Record
Record and Tape Trader
Top Hits Music
Yahoo Music Unlimited
Reprinted with the permission of the iKeepSafe Coalition. © 2006 iKeepSafe Coalition. All Rights Reserved.
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