[Air-l] Downloading music

Jeremy Hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Sat Feb 25 06:13:02 PST 2006

it depends on the individual track as to whether it is illegal or  
not.  there is quite a bit of perfectly legal downloadable music on  
archive.org, http://www.archive.org/details/audio   and record  
companies and artists do release individual tracks off albums for  
free and some people, like Loca http://www.locarecords.com/ 
index2.html ,  release whole albums freely l, or under special  
license like creative commons, or open content.   however, you have  
to be aware of whether those are licensed or just copyrighted and  
whether there are modifications to the terms, etc. etc.

however, i do find the intuition that 'if you didn't pay, it is  
illegal' to be very interesting, because that is the intuition that  
record companies try to promote in the u.s.   John Logie gave an  
interesting paper about that in Chicago .
On Feb 25, 2006, at 8:56 AM, Sue Cranmer wrote:

> Hi
> Can anyone clarify for me when it's legal/illegal to download music  
> from the
> internet. I've just checked out sites like
> http://www.mp3musichq.com/me/index.asp?source=guks-03&kw=limewire  
> which say
> that it's legal as long as you follow the copyright rules.
> I have also read articles saying that some companies are releasing  
> stuff by
> up and coming bands for promotional reasons, that is free to download
> online. But, the stuff on sites like limewire is more far reaching  
> than just
> new/promotional.
> I had assumed that if you didn't pay for it it was illegal. But having
> interviewed many 14 year olds about it this week, this is clearly  
> not their
> understanding.
> Thanks for your help.
> Sue
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jeremy hunsinger
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