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Is Kazaa still illegal?

By lmcdonald ·
Is downloading music from Kazaa still illegal? If so, are there really any legal sites from which you can download free music? What about sites for a fee? Which is the best?

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by LMon In reply to Is Kazaa still illegal?

If your not paying for a membership to download music then it is illegal. If I am not mistaken the only legal ones are the ones that you pay a monthly service for it. Do a google search on music download. MTV, Walmart, and Amazon have legal downloads. It ranges from like .99 a song to like 20.00 a month.

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I think in Canada they made it legal but I dont know if it ever got appealed.

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by CGriffith318 In reply to Is Kazaa still illegal?

iTunes by apple is a pretty good one. They have a wide variety of songs. They are $.99 each. They offer specials sometimes for free songs and such.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Is Kazaa still illegal?

Kazaa as owned by sharman networks is a pay for use service and yes it is somehow legal as are all the other so called "above board companies(itunez, Rolling Stone etc.).

The problem that they haven't solved is that they are collecting money for each artist based on what is downloaded. Last year, I-Tunes turned up with several million dollars in paid service thay neither they nor th elabels know how to allocate.

So when you download Muddy Waters, does Back Street boys get compensated? When you download Ray Charles, are you giving money to Britney Spears? Nobody kbows how to allocate the funds so they are sitting in limbo, but at least nobody is STEALING anything here, uh sorta.

As for bands I manage, they have no issue with people trading music, it's what makes people stars and gets music heard when not owned by the US giants, which no artist benefits from.

I you should feel com[pelled to get substandard quality downloaded music instead of buying a disk and getting the package, then by all means use Kazaa or I-tunes, or even NAPSTER for that matter, just don't get the false impression that you are giving something back to the artist who made the music, nobody has seen any money yet.

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by ACSTech01 In reply to Is Kazaa still illegal?

Kazaa, in itself, is not illegal. It is illegal to use Kazaa to
download media which you have not purchased. It's perfectly
fine to download the Kazaa application. It's perfectly fine to run
it and connect to remote servers. It's not OK to download music
and other media illegally.

I'd recommend Apple's iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes) as
a solution. You can (100% legally) download songs for 99?
apiece or albums for around $9.99. Nice setup.

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One other note... Oz_Media, that's... interesting. Do you have a
news article or any other source to back that up? Cause I've been
following iTunes for some time now and have not heard
anything like that as of yet.

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