The government and the music industry have pursued lawsuits in an effort to slow down some of the illegal sharing of pirated music, but there has been an increase in new file-sharing programs that allow users to be more anonymous.
*Don't Lose Your Valuable Music*
File-sharing programs which are also called P2P, or peer-to-peer programs began to replace the old
networks which ran all of its downloads through one central computer. This totally free music download software, using P2P networks connects users directly to each others computers allowing them to download and burn free music from each other.
File-sharing programs are not illegal in themselves, and their creators like to point out their many legitimate uses. Many unsigned bands use the file-sharing, P2P networks to share their music through free music downloads and many businesses use them to exchange documents.
Many people are confused about what is legal.
*Are there places to download and burn free music on the net?
*Can downloading music put you at risk for legal action?
*Is file-sharing legal?
The majority of the totally free music download programs use P2P (peer-to-peer) networks like KaZaA, Limewire, Ares, Shareaza, WinMX and iMesh. Using these programs to download popular music violate copyright laws because the music was downloaded without the permission of the artist or label.
It is sometimes impossible to figure out which free music downloads may be legitimate, so the only sure way to stay legal is not to use these type of file-sharing programs.
Clearly illegal is unauthorized copying of copyrighted music. These totally free music downloads are usually songs from CD's that are put on the Net by individuals who haven't sought permission from the artist or the music company.
What do copyright laws allow? Simply put, you may make a copy of your own CD for your personal use. That means you may download it to your computer or convert to MP3/WMA files. You may not, however, give this copy to another person. Many people believe that if no money is involved, then no law has been broken. This is false. Whether you give the copy away or sell it, this is still a violation of copyright law.
Music download sites you can trust
Now,.... if you have read this far and still want to explore the exciting world of P2P file exchange and where to download and burn free music there are many choices. Despite the controversy and lawsuits, napster replacement and file-sharing networks continue to thrive.
There are Music Download Service sites that let you download unlimited free music downloads. These are still P2P networks, but they are free of the spyware and adware that can be downloaded onto your computer unexpectedly. Plus they include added software to protect you from viruses and pop-ups.