Where Can I Find Music Legally?
The easiest way to find a legal music service is to check our Find Legal Services page and pick the service that works best for you.
What Is File Sharing?
File sharing is the act of copying (downloading and/or uploading) a file, such as a document, music track or movie, from one computer to another. If you’re doing this with files you’ve created, or simply for your own personal use, this is fine – but it’s illegal to do this with copyrighted works if you don’t have permission from the copyright owner.
What Is Illegal File Sharing And How Does It Work?
Sharing a copyrighted work without permission is illegal. The most common form of illegal file sharing is through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, often using what is known as ‘torrent’ software. This software itself is not illegal, but the majority of its use is. This form of file sharing works by downloading and uploading small pieces of files to and from many different computers at once. This means that if you are downloading files using torrent software, the chances are that you’re also letting other people download that same file from you. This is both illegal and harmful to the holders of the copyright in that piece of work, who have the right to decide how to release their work.
How Can I Find Out More About Copyright Law In New Zealand?
You can check out our page on Copyright in New Zealand for an explanation of copyright law and how it works in New Zealand.