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And isn't it illegal to link directly to MP3 files? If no, what is the difference between what AlltheWeb is doing and what Napster used to do?
illegal to link directly to MP3 files
Not if the music is not copyrighted by the author. You can make a song and put it online for everybody to download and listen to. As long as you made it.
It IS illegal to copy copyrighted material - wether it be mp3's, text, images etc.
Sure Fast should not link to illegal material - prolly why you don't find much popular music there ;)
IANAL but I don't thint this is 100% correct.
Not if the music is not copyrighted by the author.
Any original work is automatically copyrighted, but as you imply an author may choose to distribute his copyrighted work for free.
It IS illegal to copy copyrighted material
It's not always illegal to copy copyrighted material; that's the basis of the current, and probably never-ending, "fair use" debate.