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Is Free MP3 Downloads Ilegal?
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Posted 5/18/14
I'm not sure if it is or not
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Posted 5/18/14

Onii-tan wrote:

I'm not sure if it is or not


It depends. Some MP3s are freely available music, royalty free, ready for you to grab and listen to. Most music is licensed, and the uploaded MP3s you find are illegal. A quick way to tell in most cases is to look at what music they have to offer - is it just about everything, including new music? If so, it's likely an illegal host. Other ways to tell - legal hosts will show their licenses and why their music is free, illegal hosts will link to lots of external sites.

Most legal MP3s are either of old music, or from independent artists who simply ask for donations instead of selling CDs.

Hope that helps!
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thanks very much the only site I had in mind was Youtube Converter
I wonder if that is legal or not
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Anything free is illegal, maybe, not sure.
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Don't worry about it. FBI ain't coming for you if you download couple individual tracks from the internet.
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Posted 5/18/14

Onii-tan wrote:

thanks very much the only site I had in mind was Youtube Converter
I wonder if that is legal or not


In general, yes, that is illegal. Most songs uploaded to YouTube, unless specifically marked otherwise, are illegally uploaded. And downloading even the legally posted songs in general is illegal as well. Sorry
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Posted 5/18/14 , edited 11/17/14
not that it matters. ive been using youtube converters for years. its just something that happens.
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Not that I would ever take part part in illicit activities, but if you were to potentially do so, I would not recommend YT -> MP3 converters, but instead would recommend the smart use of torrents.

Higher quality, ability to download full albums/discographies at once.

Just don't be stupid about it, or your ship might sink.
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Lots of free music on sites like Bandcamp.
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I told my friend about youtube converter and she used it and said that it wasn't illegal but I dunno
only way to get music is to buy it TT _TT

BTW would you recommend me a site that is not illegal to download free MP3s?
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Onii-tan wrote:

I told my friend about youtube converter and she used it and said that it wasn't illegal but I dunno
only way to get music is to buy it TT _TT



It is definitely illegal and doesn't fall under fair use. RIAA and others haven't pursued anyone for this as of yet.


Onii-tan wrote:

BTW would you recommend me a site that is not illegal to download free MP3s?


Someone else mentioned bandcamp though not everything is free there. You'll have to look for stuff you like.

Amazon has many free singles and albums. Again, you'll have to browse for stuff you like.

Some of the independent labels offer free stuff too.


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Posted 5/20/14
It depends on what you're downloading.
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Posted 5/21/14

ButterClock wrote:

You can download free tracks from lololyrics. Lots of genres


Well is it illegal?
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More than likely...Hah, these Days EVERYTHING Online is Illegal.
Posted 6/17/14

Thfelese wrote:

Anything free is illegal, maybe, not sure.


All those free balloons i got on free balloon day....
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