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Is mp3skull.com completely legal?

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Is mp3skull.com completely legal?

Postby pascoe69 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:46 am

On the site's Copyright Complaint Form, it says
'You must remove a song from the computer after listening. If You won't delete files from the computer, You'll break the copyrights protection laws. All the rights on the songs are the property of their respective owners. mp3skull.com is a search engine, but we respect an Copyright Laws. So if You have found a link to an illegal mp3 file please use the form below.'

So does this mean it is legal because they "respect Copyright Laws." Also it says that if you do not delete downloaded music from your computer, you'll break copyright protection laws, but does that mean that if you do delete files it is legal then? When do you have to delete them then? Right away? After a certain amount of time...?
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Postby ludano17 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:50 am

It's illegal. The bit about deleting songs is their way of covering themselves by pretending to be legal. They don't host the illegal songs, but they provide links to them as their way of playing legal. If they provide songs that are under copyright for free without permission from the copyright holder, that's illegal. If you download those songs, you've committed a crime as well.

If the music is under copyright, downloading it without paying is illegal, no matter how you do it. The only exception is if the copyright holder is sharing it. If you go to an artist's website and they offer free tracks, that's legal. Sites like mp3skull are not.
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Postby sayre » Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:55 am

It's illegal. The bit about deleting songs is their way of covering themselves by pretending to be legal. They don't host the illegal songs, but they provide links to them as their way of playing legal. If they provide songs that are under copyright for free without permission from the copyright holder, that's illegal. If you download those songs, you've committed a crime as well.

If the music is under copyright, downloading it without paying is illegal, no matter how you do it. The only exception is if the copyright holder is sharing it. If you go to an artist's website and they offer free tracks, that's legal. Sites like mp3skull are not.
As such, the site is legal.
The music content being downloaded by users, in the vast majority of cases, is not.

This is known in legal circles as a CTA = Covering Their *** (disclaimer)
In other words, the onus is on you, not the site involved.

The act of 'downloading' copyright files without express permission, is illegal,
deleting those files thereafter - is academic.

Remember:
You can listen to copyright music without download sites.
It's called .... The radio.

Also, lets not forget WHY Limewire was shutdown by federal court order!!
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