Copyright Infringement

A copyright legally secures the right of the copyright holder of a creative work to control the reproduction of that work, including the right to distribute copies as well as to adapt, perform and display the work publicly.

The US Copyright Office offers information about copyright basics and new and pending copyright legislation.

Sharing Music Files

 Although free file sharing software is legal, its predominant use remains uploading or downloading copyright protected media - including music, videos, images and software. Downloading and /or sharing copyrighted material without the copyright holder's consent is illegal, but there are lots of ways to buy music online legally. Protect your academic status and your future - check out this music download warning list before using online services to download or share music.

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