Midnight Oil

Subject: Re: [powderworks] New file uploaded to powderworks
From: RM
Date: 24/11/2007, 2:09 pm
To: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au

powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au wrote:
This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the powderworks 
All and sundry,
Please be advised that sharing of potentially copyright materials is not advisable, given that recording industry entities are choosing to enforce copyright penalties with unrepentant vigour on those who "make available" copyright materials for duplication.
The Powderworks list has not historically reached a firm agreement as a community to either condone or condemn file sharing philosophically, however it is known to be illegal in some instances and legal in others, and the voluntary list administrators cannot usually ascertain whether a specific piece falls under a copyright agreement or not and therefore which instances are illegal and which are not. 
Hence, sharing of files is considered to be a matter for individuals to carefully ascertain whether the material is under copyright or not, so as to assess whether it can be shared or not. 
It has occasionally been suggested by inexpert opinion that material recorded at live shows may not be under copyright depending on the prevailing agreements at the time, but materials distributed by professional music businesses normally are under some form of copyright.  Any lawyers or industry professionals are welcome to make comment.
Thank you for your cooperation, and enjoy your music and technology responsibly.  It may save you thousands of dollars in legal fees.   :)

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