Recently in Downloading Music Category

I've always felt that it isn't enough to tell people not to illegally download music and video media. If you really want to curb that kind of illegal behavior, you have to provide reasonable alternatives that give people what they want - not to mention getting people to avoid installing some of the peer-to-peer sharing software than is often bundled with security-compromising malware.

So Educause compiled a comprehensive list of sites that you can use to legally download or stream audio and video content.  Personally, I love Netflix's streaming service and I know a lot of people who are using Hulu to catch up on their favorite TV programs.  Some of these are commercial products and some are free (normally supported by ad revenue).  So have a look around and pick the one that has the right combination of content, convenience, quality, and subscription model that fits your needs.
Campus Downloading Web Site
The Penn State "Campus Downloading" site was created by the Recording Industry Association of America to explain the legal issues surrounding students downloading copyrighted music (typically through peer to peer file sharing services). It includes an FAQ that covers copyright law and legal consequences. They also have a video that explains many of these issues and a list of Web sites where you can buy songs or albums, pay a subscription for unlimited downloads, or get completely free music.

At the 2008 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, Lawrence Lessig (law professor, author, and founder of Creative Commons) came to Penn State to give his keynote presentation. He talked for about 45 minutes about current interpretation of copyright law, organizations like the RIAA and MPAA, examples of remixed media, and alternative licenses.

In the third video in this series, Zack talks about how the RIAA lawsuit got him involved with people who are examining the strict interpretation of copyright law, share-friendly licensing (like Creative Commons and open source licensing), remix culture, how digital natives use media. This video was found as part of the Berkman Center blog at Harvard Law.

In the second film in this series, Zack McCune, who was sued by the RIAA for downloading music, talks about his reaction to the lawsuit. He has done some thinking about what he had been doing and has an interesting perspective on what he had done and what the RIAA is doing to consumers. This video is part of Harvard Law's Berkman Center that is studying things like the intersection between Digital Natives, intellectual property, and copyright law.

In this first video in a three-part series, Zack McCune talks about how he was identified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as illegally sharing their music through a peer-to-peer network system. Zack and other students were hit with a lawsuit from the RIAA. We found this video on a blog at Harvard Law. Check it out.