Is downloading mp3 songs illegal?

Music piracy is also affecting advances: record companies are paying smaller advances to their big artists knowing that sales of an artist's new album will generate less revenue due to illegal downloads. Those justifications seem empty considering that legal download sites such as iTunes, Google Play and legitimate streaming sources offer low-cost alternatives to music piracy. A music downloader can be considered to circumvent the technological measures implemented by services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer, etc. But what about music downloaders in general? Will you face a lawsuit for using one? Is operating one illegal? Again, it depends.

Allan Seeberger
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