Law And Mp3 In Germany

One of the most controversial topics regarding Cyber law is still the issue of MP3 files. The music industry asserts that MP3 is responsible for the ruin of the music industry and many record companies. By most accounts the predominant use of MP3 is trafficking in illicit audio recordings, presumably because MP3 files do not contain codes identifying whether the compressed audio material is copyright protected.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

By downloading MP3 files, do I infringe the rights of a copyright owner?
How is private use defined?
How do I avoid illict MP3 files?
Do I incur a penalty if I download MP3 files from the Internet?
Is it allowed to burn the MP3 files on CDs and if so how many copies can I make?

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