Thursday, March 20, 2008

Downloading Music, There is a gray area?

Ah downloading music, the phrase often associated with pirates. Downloading music legally, associated with subscription users, example, iTunes, Napster, and so forth. For a long time there hasn't been much of a gray area, that little area that seems wrong, but could very well be perfectly legal. For years the RIAA and so forth have gone after pirates for sharing media with others, which is logical, share copyright material with public users, and get fined for it. However the method to their madness is a bit on the harsh side.

I'm not going to sit here and rant and rave about how the RIAA's less than legal methods, and their mafia like partner companies violate almost every privacy law in existence, as well attack, maliciously, into someone's computer to steal information, which by the way, is illegal too, and if found out, could jeopardize a case as it is a felony.

Anyway, I'm not going to tell you that there is an application called Youtube Downloader that downloads Youtube's .flv files and then can in turn convert said .flv files to .mp3. Oh wait, I am, why you ask? Well, because record labels place their music videos on Youtube, with a plethora of ads to pay the artist for it's music. Now this is where the gray area comes in, they didn't intend for their music videos to be downloaded and converted into .mp3 files, you could very well be breaking the very copyright laws your trying to avoid. Until then however, happy hunting.


*For the trollish little imps out there. I don't use this service myself, even though it's ingenious, never have, never will, I post this here for informational purposes, I listen to my music straight from Youtube, got a problem with that? Contact Youtube.

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