Music download law
Music download law is complex because of its uncertainty - the written law appears to be different to procedure when prosecuting and due to the rapidly evolving nature of technology case law and legislation is constantly changing.
Music download law differs depending on what type of downloading is happening. For example, just making thousands of tracks available for free would be an obvious breach of copyright; however it was thought that peer-to-peer file sharing might be legal. The court case involving Napster, one of the original file sharing sites, clarified that peer-to-peer file sharing was indeed illegal.
Internet Service Providers are now able to take action against their customers who download media illegally and if you are found to be doing this it is likely that you will first be sent a warning letter, secondly have your account suspended and thirdly have your internet connection terminated. There has been some recent controversy about proposals by the government to slow internet connections of persistent illegal file sharers, or stop their internet connection completely.
If you fear that you are infringing music download law then you should be aware that you can face repercussions for this. If you put copyrighted material on the internet you should ensure that you have the permission of the owner of the copyright, or you risk infringing copyright and becoming the subject of legal action. In addition, if you download music or share it with friends, you again risk infringing music download law.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on music download law or any related issue, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist intellectual property / music law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding intellectual property / music law solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010