It is illegal to download or share copyrighted music, movies or TV shows because you are not allowed to reproduce or distribute copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner. Marquette University’s Acceptable Use Policy states that:
All copyrighted information … retrieved from E-resources or stored, transmitted or maintained with E-resources, must be used in conformance with applicable copyright and other laws.
Peer-to-peer programs make it easy to illegally download or share copyrighted material, but if you violate copyright you may be prosecuted or sued for up to $150,000.
Choose a legal alternative to Download Copyrighted Music, Movies and TV
Use Free Services
- Free services on the Internet allow you to stream music or video on your computer. They also may provide material that is not copyrighted or promotional content that the copyright owner chooses to share free of charge.
- Streaming sites like Pandora.com and Last.fm offer free music, they learn what you like and offer you new music that's similar.
- iHeartRadio offers access to many live stations as well as offering custom stations based on music similar to your likes.
- Free online radio stations listed at Shoutcast.com and Live365.com
- YouTube, Vimeo, Crackle and Hulu.com provide free video content.
Pay to Download Movies or Music
Popular services for downloading and paying for individual songs or albums and movies include:
Subscribe to a Library of Songs or Movies
Services like Rhapsody, Spotify and Yahoo! Music charge a monthly fee and give you access to a library of songs or movies.
Additional Online Resources for legal download of Music and Video are available
BirdTrax at Illinois State University provides alternatives to illegal downloading.