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Old 12-20-2004, 01:25 AM   #1
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Free Songs Community ???

Guyz, I've heard a lot about free software foundation , free "open source " software, freeware ,etc...... People in the community share softwares, codes, algorithms, etc
But I've never heard about free songs(free music files ) , do " free songs community " exist ???
I use computer to study , but I listen for musics all the time , with my PC.
Do you guyzz have links to "Free" songs? I need them, instead of downloading illegal MP3s

Hey, is ripping Audio CDs to mp3 legal? or what? I don't know , I need some tutor about that
Old 12-20-2004, 02:00 AM   #2
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I cant say that I am aware of any "Free Song Communities"
As for your othr question, yes it is perfectly legal to rip music from CD onto your computer as long as you are not distributing it with other people.
Old 12-20-2004, 02:35 AM   #3
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Is it legal to rip CDs to MP 3 - depends on the copywrite laws of your country.

I believe in America it is legal to make one back-up copy of protected software, however here in Australia it is not legal despite many people thinking it is ( even computer techs I know ).

Moral of the story, dont ask someone in another country about what is legal in yours. Go find out from your authorities.

Copywrite & Patent law varies enormously from one country to another, for instance in America you can patent an idea whereas in Australia you cant.

hope this helps

get any Government advice in writing, on a Govt letterhead and signed by someone.

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Old 12-20-2004, 02:53 AM   #4
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E-tree ( , "community committed to providing the highest quality live concert recordings in a losslessly-compressed, downloadable format. All of the music on is free, and 100% legal to download, trade, and burn."

IUMA ( "The IUMA mission is simple - for every artist with a record deal, on FM radio, or in Tower Records - there are a thousand talented artists chasing that dream and a million new music fans who will never get to hear their music. We're changing all that - bringing these artists and fans together, getting the music out and giving new music fans a cool new way to discover new music."
Old 12-20-2004, 03:32 AM   #5
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For the US people I'm going to clear up copyright law in ripping any data.

Under the Fair Use Act you can back-up any media for personal use. However, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act modified this so that you can make a back-up copy of any media that doesn't use some sort of copy-protection. So, in the US, it is illegal to back up almost every DVD, most computer games, and some music.

Also it is quite difficult to prove that a copy of any media is a back up and not a pirated version. I've heard of a couple of stories of innocent people who had downloaded music off of P2P networks instead of ripping their CD's (faster to dload) for back ups of there CD's and then getting sued by the RIAA, even when they had the originals to prove it.
Old 12-20-2004, 04:31 AM   #6
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Yeah, at least I've found better ways to listen music..........
Free music.......... thx guyz
Old 12-21-2004, 01:08 AM   #7
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What about classical music like Mozart or Beethoven? Can we distribute their songs freely? Hey, they are already dead more than one hundred years ago. According to what I hear, our works ( music or novel ) can be distributed freely if we have died more than one hundred years ago.
Old 12-21-2004, 01:18 AM   #8
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Again check the laws for your country !

besides Beethoven only wrote music, if it is a recent performance or recording then you are up for the minimum period your country says.
For instance if the Australian symphony performs and records a work of beethoven then its copywrite begins when it is performed and ends when the applicable laws in your country say so.
For example in Australia once a work is publicly published it is copywrited regardless of whether it has the little (c) or not, or even if the author has applied for copywrite.

It is pointless to ask people in other countries what laws apply in your own, they may even give you advice which if you followed could see you in trouble with your own authorities.

Check with your local authorities

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Old 12-21-2004, 02:37 AM   #9
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:07 AM   #10
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I am pretty stumped that nobody here ever heard of netlabels.

What is a netlabel? It's a music label that exists only virtualy and witch release music only on the Internet. All the music can be downloaded for free. There are some pretty good artists on these netlabels.

Two lists of netlabels courently in existence:


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