The simple answer is zero. Music fans can purchase a copy of music and listen to it. That is it. Any action taken to distribute it is breaking the law. Yes, that includes Peer to Peer (P2P) networks.
Ars Technica published an interesting article the other day regarding some misconceptions. Some people believe that it is OK to download copyrighted content as long as you don’t upload, which is the main reason some folks, like Joel Tenenbaum, have been taken to court.
This is all false. Like it or not, music listeners and fans have no rights to the music they buy. None. Zip. Zilch.
Granted, there are several case studies that suggest P2P sharing is a good thing for music. However, according to the law, any sharing of copyrighted content without consent from the author or licensee is breaking the law.
Hey, I don’t like it either, but these are the facts. You think the law should change? Then, I suggest you write your local congressman or senator. I didn’t make the rules.
I just find it interesting that some people continue to be confused about the legality of P2P sharing.
Read the full story at Ars Technica .