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Downloading music, movies, games, or software from the Internet without paying and sharing these materials without appropriate permission is considered a breach of copyright laws.Recreational file-sharing, or the trading of movies, music, games, and/or software, is more easily detectable than you might assume. Copyright holders have been intensifying enforcement using automated scanning software to identify infringements, no matter how small.

The music industry association has commissioned the building of locator bots that systematically scan IP addresses looking to see if any of the common music sharing programs is active on a port. The bot asks the music program whether it has music titles by particular artists. If the music program answers positively, the bot reports the IP address and title to an authority, who then sends out violation notices.Copyright holders can determine just about all the details of the copyright violation, including the name of the infringing file and the exact time it was traded.

When your music is under the custody of a music-sharing program, anyone can access it and download a copy. This makes you a distributor of copyrighted materials. Under the law, this is illegal unless you have permission from the copyright holder to distribute the materials.

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