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Can high-definition songs be downloaded legally for free?

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Music and other intellectual property is only legal to download if the owner has granted permission to do so. Only certain artists provide their work for free download and only from their official website or other licensed outlets.

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An individual found guilty of copyright infringement via illegal downloading faces civil and criminal penalties, including fines up to $250,000 and/or five years in prison. The minimum fine for downloading music illegally is $750 per song. This is why downloading music from peer-to-peer networks is an unwise idea; authorities can watch for suspicious data transfers, such as a large number of songs or popular/recent songs.

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