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file sharing

A common myth is that all file sharing is illegal.
That’s not true: if you want to share original material with your mates that has not been copyrighted, then there’s no law stopping you. However, you do need to know where you stand when using Peer-to-Peer networks (P2P), how to know when you are on the wrong side of the law, and what some of the other risks are.

  • The problem with file sharing is that most of the files that people want to share (or copy) are protected by copyright laws.
  • If you copy a CD onto your computer or burn your own CD, then you’re breaking copyright.
  • You can get into serious trouble by downloading copyrighted material. At this time in the UK it is illegal to download even one file from the Internet which is protected by copyright.
  • The risk is greater if you download and upload a lot e.g. 1000 songs.
  • The recording industry is trying to sue users; the youngest person ever to be sued was 12 years old!



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