There have been a few threads like this one but a few years old.
Is using it to download music illegal? What is the worst that could happen if I download music. (My ISP is BT ( British Telecoms not Bittorrent!) btw)
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- Thread Starter
- 29-08-2008 14:33
(Original post by wes)
- 29-08-2008 14:55
It's illegal if the music is copyrighted (ie. most of it).
It's illegal if the music is copyrighted under a license that doesn't allow free redistribution (i.e. most of it).
Copyleft doesn't have any real legal meaning so it's still copyright in practice.
- 29-08-2008 17:17
The worst that could happen is the copyright owner decides to sue you. Not sure how much they can sue for, but it has a few zeros in it...
This of course only applies to music with a copyright holder. But that is still most music.
- 29-08-2008 17:31
Statistically, you're unlikely to get caught and prosecuted. That doesn't make it any more illegal though. A few people have been made an example of (with some surprisingly harsh fines, might I add).