Legality of Recording Streaming Media

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by sam1, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. sam1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2007
    I've researched the legality of recording streaming audio and video, but am unable to find anything conclusive whether it's legal or not. I'm assuming it's because no official law is in place.

    For instance, as a member of (a legal music download site), I noticed a lot of the music I wanted to download isn't available for purchase. Instead, they often have the songs I'm looking for on their streaming radio stations at a lower quality than the downloads. Legaly, would it be acceptable to use audio capturing software to get certain songs strictly for personal use? Also, would it be legal to record streaming video from a site that didn't offer the video for download?

  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Legal, who knows.

    Against the terms of use you agree to when you use the site, almost certainly.

    There's a reason that they are streaming files, it's because the owner of them doesn't want you to save them.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    That is not the case--at least not in the US. If the holder of the copyright does not make an artistic creation available for copying, then you must infer that the holder of the copyright does not intend for you to copy the artistic creation. You are therefore not allowed under the law to copy it.

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