Recently, the issue of piracy has become bigger, placing all music service websites under scrutiny. Questions about websites’ legality are being asked around. Thus, it becomes important today to identify the websites that we can and cannot use based on their legality.
But first, let us define legality. Legality is a word whose definition changes depending where you are. For example, Canadian government is tolerant of torrents for music copying, while in the United States, torrent sharing is illegal.
For the sake of our discussion, we define “illegal” based on the U.S standards. That is, copying, distribution, and sharing of files without the permission of the involved artist and owners are deemed illegal. In other words, any copying, sharing, and distribution of files unrecognized by the product rights owners will be considered an act of piracy.
Now that we have defined what being illegal is, we can move on to review some music service websites. Let us review Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player and determine whether their operations are legal or illegal.
Google, one of the biggest companies in the internet industry, has released a new service –Google Music. It is an Android app wherein users can store their songs in the “internet cloud.” This means that users can store their legally-owned songs in an online account which they will be able to access anywhere they are. All they need is an internet connection. Google Music gives users two options when it comes to sound-tripping.
They can either listen to the songs that they have stored whenever they are connected online or they can purchase songs from the android market. The facts that songs have to be purchased and that only legally-owned music can be uploaded suggest that Google Music is legal. But if you are not happy with that deduction, then let Google authorities answer our question themselves.
Is Google Music illegal? Absolutely not. Google claims that it has gone to great lengths to make sure it violates no copyright laws. Though not much detail was given, Google claims that it respects the copyrights of owners and it will only allow customers’ enjoyment of music if it respects the creators of the music.
Amazon Cloud Player
The case of Amazon Cloud Player is a tricky one. Amazon’s cloud player works just like the Google Music. You upload your song into your Amazon account, store them in a cloud and access them anytime, anywhere. However, Google Music claims its activities are perfectly legal, while Amazon’s legality is in question.
This is a tricky case, as said above, because Google and Amazon’s cloud services work similarly. However, while Google goes to great length to ensure operation legality, Amazon does not. It makes no claim of legality. It is unlicensed. And its operations are unapproved by the music label companies. As such, despite being clear as of the moment, it has the potential to be charged with certain legal issues if music companies so wish.
Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player are two of the apps audiophiles have wanted to get their hands on. Why not? They offer solutions for problems regarding storing music and music accessibility. But while these are all fun apps to have, let us not forget to respect copyrights. While Google Music emphasizes its legality, Amazon does not.
So which one do you choose? Is the fact that Amazon has not been charged with lawsuits enough to make you use it?
Let us know what you think.