Warning – Don’t Get Caught With Illegal Music!
Everyone knows that downloading fully copyrighted music without purchase or the permission of the rights’ holder is illegal and that sharing music purchased online (or copied from a CD) is also illegal.
In November 2010, a US Jury ordered a Minnesota woman to pay a 1.5M dollars for illegally downloading 24 songs from a P2P file sharing web site.
And with the recent announcement of LimeWire being forced to close its doors due to the relentless pressures from the major Record Labels, it is now very clear that the glory days of illegal file sharing are finally coming to an end.
There are unconfirmed reports that the Authorities have been deliberately setting up bogus P2P and Torrent sites in order to lure in & catch offenders who use the sites for sharing files illegally.
So why do so many people continue to download Copyright Music knowing very well that they are breaking the law and run the risk of being sued by a Record Company if they get caught?
Well, as they say, old habits die hard.
Either way, most will agree that if we want our children (and their children) to enjoy Music for many years to come, drastic measures are certainly needed for the Music Industry to sustain itself well in to the future.
So what are the alternatives?
Of course there is iTunes which accounts for 70% of worldwide online digital music sales, making the service the largest legal music retailer and on February 24, 2010, the store served its 10 billionth song download; this major milestone was reached in just under seven years.
Streaming Technology is also rapidly becoming a preferred method of listening to music thanks to its relative ease of access, particularly with advances in smart-phone technology. Sites such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark and My Dubli, to name a few, have already partnered with Record Labels and digital retailers to deliver legitimate music services online.
Until now, music lovers across the planet have had to invest substantial amounts of money to maintain even an average collection of music. Just take a minute to multiply the number of albums you have by the current cost of a CD or by the cost of a legitimate download.
Then take into consideration the music you would like to be listening to right now and the music you will want to listen to in the future, the cost would be staggering!
That’s why streaming music makes such good sense. It is extremely cost effective to the consumer, the Artists are happy, the Recording Companies are happy, and most importantly; you never have to worry about ending up in court.
The choice is yours!