Are MP3s illegal?
- Some MP3s can be legally obtained through online
subscription services such as RHAPSODY (see the FAQ on the following
pages) or from sites, like iTunes, that are officially
permitted by the copyright holders to offer certain MP3 downloads. Some
are copyright free. Most MP3s available for "free" don't fall into
- MP3 files are completely legal, but it's illegal to make or
distribute MP3s of music recordings that you don't already own, or
which you haven't obtained permission to reproduce from the copyright
- In almost all cases, sharing MP3s over the campus network
is also illegal.
- United States copyright law allows you to create MP3s only
for your personal use and only of songs to which you already have
rights. You can make MP3s only of songs for which you already own the
CD or tape. And personal use means for you alone - you can't make
copies and give or sell them to other people.
- Everything said here about MP3 files applies equally to
music, pictures and videos in other formats, such as AAC and AVI.
Last modified June 30 2010 04:30 PM