Music files have been available on internet in MP3 format for several years now. File sharing websites are getting more and more popular by the day. Many people are puzzled and confused. They don’t know which downloading is legal and which is illegal. Will they face any sort of legal action if they download music?
The reason for peoples’ confusion mainly is false or misleading advertisement. The internet is filled with sites that claim to share files in a 100% legal way. Websites claim that file sharing is legal, although this is true, it is very misleading. File sharing websites can be legal but sharing files on peer to peer (P2P) networks like utorrent is not legal, as it violates copyright laws. Websites also claim that MP3 is legal. It is just a file format, so it is legal. By finding advertisements like this, the people start getting confused as to what is right and legal, and what is not. Whenever you find a website that says download free music legally, don’t fall for it. Stuff like this is too good to be true.
Legal file music sharing is when you download music from a trusted source like the official website of a band and usually pay for the music that you buy. Now copyright laws allow you to use the songs for your use. You can even make copies for your personal use. But if you copy the MP3 files and put them on a file sharing website for the whole world to download, it is not legal.
In short downloading free music is not legal in most cases, although sometimes an artist puts up his work for everyone to hear (which is totally legal as he can do anything with his own work).