Royalty Free Sound Resources
Yes, downloading and sharing music files online is against the law. Using peer to peer sharing sites such as Limewire to acquire copyrighted music is illegal - even if "everyone" is doing it.
However, music can be used for educational reasons in multimedia projects. Although, as with images, photos, and videos, there are some guidelines in order to protect copyrights:
- Copies of excerpts may be made if less than 10% of the whole work is used and if it is not a performable unit
- Printed music that has been purchased may be edited or simplified if the fundamental character of their work is not distorted or the lyrics altered or added if none exist
- A single copy of an entire performable unit can be made if it is out of print or unavailable except in a larger work - it can't be used for performance
- You can't copy to avoid purchase!
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