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Legal music downloads and streaming options in New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Jul-2012 08:46

Once again I see someone starting a discussion on Geekzone asking if downloading music from some file sharing site is legal under the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011...

Their reasoning for the question is because currently the technology for tracking file downloads is heavily biased against peer-to-peer (P2P) distribution, and in their eyes if it's not P2P then it would be legal, right?

Wrong. Breaking copyright is still illegal, regardless of which technology is used. Paying a Russian site for music does not make it legal - you are probably giving your money (and credit card details) to someone who doesn't hold the rights to distribute content.

We keep asking for new forms of digital content distribution, and while movies and TV series are still behind the times, there are some good music options in New Zealand, including downloads to own, streaming, free, paid, reward points, or a combination.

Pick your choice from this list of music services available in New Zealand, and be legal:
If you know of any other options, post in the comments...

UPDATE: I have posted a list of legal movie and TV downloads and streaming in New Zealand as well.

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Mauricio Freitas
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