There are many great ways of downloading and accessing music, film, TV and video safely and legally online. This advice page aims to inform you about staying safe and legal while enjoying entertainment online or via your mobile device.
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Using illegal sites and file-sharing programmes can be risky
Using illegal file sharing programmes exposes users to the risk of unwelcome content such as viruses, violent images and pornography. File sharing software can also compromise your privacy and security by opening up your computer and sharing what’s stored with the outside world.
You could be breaking the law and face consequences
Copyright law applies to downloading, sharing and streaming just like the real world of physical CDs and DVDs. If you make music, film or TV content available to others on a file-sharing network, download from an illegal site, or sell copies without the permission of those who own the copyright, then you could face serious penalties.
Using legal sites rewards creators for their work
Copyright laws protect those who work in the creative industries and allows them to be rewarded fairly and to continue to create the music, film and TV programmes we all enjoy so much.