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Con la popularidad de los reproductores de audio portátiles , el interés por las descargas gratuitas de música es comprensiblemente alto. Si bien algunos artistas más nuevos agradecen las descargas gratuitas de música, la mayoría de las veces los artistas establecidos no regalan su música. Por lo tanto, las descargas gratuitas en Internet suelen estar relegadas a los artistas que buscan exposición. El método principal utilizado para adquirir descargas gratuitas de música de artistas reconocidos es a través de programas de intercambio de redes peer-to-peer ( P2P ). Sin embargo, existe una trampa legal.

La mayoría de las descargas de música gratuitas son de artistas que buscan audiencia.

Peer-to-peer programs allow users to connect to each other creating a network of hundreds of thousands of participants. Using the provided software, users search other computers for songs of choice and download them at will. When downloading a song, a user is actually downloading it from one or more other users, not from a company that supplies the song. The more users supplying the song, the faster the download. Since this method allows participants to download anything that other users are sharing, it is a highly effective way of expanding ones music collection for free. Unfortunately, this method is often used to get free music downloads illegally.

Downloading music from a peer-to-peer network is a free, but illegal, way to acquire music.

The vast majority of songs downloaded are the property of artists who have not agreed to offer their legally protected music for free. The artist receives no compensation for free music downloads, and many, if not most artists and labels view P2P sharing as tantamount to stealing. It is no surprise then, that P2P free music downloads have created a legal uproar.

Some people have been brought to court for uploading or downloading music illegally.

In November of 1997, the No Electronic Theft Act was passed. This act criminalizes illegal downloads even in cases where there is no financial gain. Since then, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has aggressively sought to prosecute many individuals found guilty of file sharing.

Jail time is one possible consequence for illegally downloading from the internet.

Free music downloads have been widely disputed on both sides. Downloading an artist’s work on P2P networks without consent of the artist or label can result in monetary damages or jail time. While file sharing networks are free, each user must decide whether he or she wants to risk these consequences in order to download many of today’s popular songs for free.

Radio stations may download free licensed music to play as background music.

People might download royalty free music to their MP3 player without fear about breaking the law.