The Communication Of Mp3 Music Files On The Internet Under French Law

The creation of the MP3 technology has made the reproduction and communication of songs on the Internet easily accessible. However, unless expressly authorized by law, this reproduction is generally illegal, and might subject the Website that reproduced the song, the Internet user and the Website host to the sanctions applicable to copyright infringement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an MP3 file?
What are the legal issues related to the use of MP3 files on the Internet?
What is illegal?
What is legal?
Who might be sued for copyright infringement and what sanctions apply?

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