There are a lot of misconceptions as to what actually constitutes a copyright violation and the realities of doing so. To avoid breaking federal copyright law (and the subsequent financial and legal consequences) get the all of the facts on DMCA.
As an MU student, if you are caught copying and sharing copyright materials without permission on the university network, you will be subject to consequences outlined by their policies. Violations of federal copyright law can also result in a minimum fine of $750 per downloadable file. Those found in criminal violation, even first time offenders, can face a maximum fine of $250,000 and five years in prison.
Definitely not the worth the risk for a few free songs – pay the $1.29 and avoid jail time!
Federal copyright law not only protects music and movies from being illegal accessed or shared. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1988 (DMCA) considers the following acts to be in violation:
For more information on DMCA check out: https://doit.missouri.edu/about/policies-procedures/digital-millennium-copyright-act/
— April 21, 2017