A Guide To Music And Software Piracy


You need to be careful when downloading music and films that you arent in any way breaking the law.

The name given to the illegal copying and selling of DVDs and CDs, computer software piracy or pirate CD's is rife online and offline. Many people see it as a crime that doesn't really matter because no-one is getting hurt, but some would argue this is not the case as money generated by both computer software piracy & music pirate copies is often used by gangs of criminals to fund the sale of drugs and guns.

Illegal Copies

If you do buy an illegal copy, the quality of the recording is usually really bad. If it's a DVD, the picture will be grainy or change to black and white at some points, while the sound quality will often be muffled and very quiet. You won't be given a receipt so if it doesn't work, you won't be able to get a refund or an exchange.


You may come across illegal pirate copies of DVDs or CDs in markets, car boot sales or on online auction sites. They will be cheaper than they are on the high street, but they'll probably have been recorded on a camcorder at the back of a cinema or downloaded illegally from the internet.

Sometimes they are easy to spot, as they're not sold in a plastic case, but other things you should look out for include:

  • if the film has just been released at the cinema, any DVD of it will definitely be illegal

  • if the DVD packaging has any foreign languages on it, or if the description or cast list doesn't match the film you're buying, it's probably been produced on someone's home computer

  • if the cover of the DVD doesn't have a film certificate on it that you recognise, such as 'PG', '15' or '18', it's likely to be a pirate copy.

Copying CDs

If you've bought a CD in a shop, you may want to copy the songs onto an MP3 player or make a copy of the CD. Generally speaking, you can make a copy for your own personal use, you will not be breaking the law. You can also lend the CD that you bought to your friends if they want to listen to it. However, it is illegal to make copies of CDs and give them to your friends or to sell pirate copies of CDs for a profit.

Useful Websites

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    Course Feeder provides a range of online courses including IT, Fitness, Beauty, Accounting, Catering and Music. In fact a wide range of free and distance learning courses to take you to the next level
  • Amelia Young
    A professional piano and cello teacher. Amelia is a former student of Jacqueline du Pré and has degrees in music from Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, London.
  • The Internet Music Shop
    One of the largest publishers of sheet music, music books, new media and music software
  • Eminent Music - Music for All
    Details of the best of British amateur music making and gives a preview of the music produced
  • Black Cat Music
    In association with Wenger, Wenger Vision, music facility equipment, music stands, music education, schools, music events, acoustic environments, shelves, choral risers and more
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