Legal Ways to Obtain Music, Movies, and TV through the Internet

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A list of legal sources for online content is maintained at Educause: Legal Content. A summary of legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted music is available at Why Music Matters website developed by Music Biz Association and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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Legal movie sources


Center for Democracy and Technology

The Center for Democracy and Technology has compiled a list of websites that "sell" access to music that is not legally obtained. Please be sure to review this list before giving money to any website offering "legal" downloads. Customers have come away with the impression that a fee payment legitimizes downloading. The fee, however, is only for a faster version of the software, or other software features (speedier searches); it has nothing to do with shielding users from responsibility for copyright infringement.

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