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Are There Copyrights On Downloaded Music?

By Sarah Blett

There are many products on the market today that have revolutionized the way we do things. This includes the world of music. In the beginning there were vinyl records followed by cassettes which were followed by CD's and ultimately MP3's.

Even thought CD's are still very popular MP3 players are the leader as the most popular music source. Out of all the MP3 players available today, the iPod remains the leader in popularity. There are hundreds of websites available today that offer iPod music downloads absolutely free.

There are many ways to download music some better than others. Using P2P software is one of the more popular ways to download music for iPod's, however, it's also the least ethical. Downloading music using this kind of software is considered "copyright infringement". Why? Because when downloading music using P2P software, users don't realize or understand that all music has a copyright. When downloading music for iPod's many do not check to see if there is a copyright on the music they are downloading. Copyright infringement is illegal, a felony and if caught the user will have to pay fines or be put in prison. Not only is it illegal, but the artist of the song you are downloading is being cheated out of the money that is due them.

Downloading music from the Internet is a better way to get free iPod music than using software. However, again you want to be cautious about which website you visit to download music. As with P2P software there is the possibility that you may end up downloading music from an illegal website. Beside being illegal, you are also exposing your computer to viruses, worms and spy ware. This is something you need to watch out for and take care of it immediately once you find a virus, worm or spy ware on your computer. Always have a good anti virus and anti spy ware program running on your computer especially when you are downloading music.

On a more positive note, there are thousands of websites on the Internet that offer free iPod music that is virus and spy ware free and is legal to download. Be sure to search for one of the sites so you are aware what a safe and legitimate free music website looks like.

A big issue for many people is that they can't tell the difference between an illegal website that offers free music that is copyrighted and legal websites that have free music that does not have copyrights. So what do you do? Try asking around to people you know that love to download music for their iPod's. Hopefully they will be able to give you a few pointers of what to watch out for, and how to be able to tell the difference.

If you don't know the difference between legal and illegal music websites, just ask a few of your friends that download music. They will be able to guide you in the right direction. You should also know that websites that offer free music for your iPod and are legal websites can also still have viruses and spy ware that puts your computer at risk.

If you have any questions about the safest way to download music or which sites are legal for downloading music just search on the Internet.

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