View Full Version : Free music downloads on your site?

31 Mar 2006, 08:59 PM
I couldn't find anywhere specific for this to go, so may as well ask here. Does anyone know what the rules are surrounding free music downloads on your site? I've heard that as long as you warn the guests that they could get in trouble for possessing shareware with no intention of buying the CD, you can't get pinned for anything, but that seems flimsy to me. Well, let me know.

01 Apr 2006, 01:21 PM
Making available copyrighted material that you don't have the rights to distribute is illegal. It doesn't matter if people are warned or not, it's the act of making it available. There is an exception in copyright law known as "fair use" that allows for use of some copyrighted material without authorization. In your case you may be able to use short clips of a song, but you'd have to meet the guidelines for fair use to do so.