Now, yes, I know, downloading music or duplicating CDs is illegal.

However, I overheard someone talking about the matter.

Assume I bought the album ABC with the songs A through Z from a store (i.e. I don't have digital copies like when you buy music CDs from Amazon). Then, I lose the CD.

Am I allowed to get the songs (and only the songs from the album ABC) from, say, YouTube and download them if I can prove that I previously bought them (i.e. the receipt)?

Edit: I'm living in Germany.

  • You should tell Apple and Amazon that. Millions of people are downloading music from their stores.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 21:39
  • The very first sentence says that downloading music is illegal. Clearly this is false - there are businesses making billions of dollars by doing it - and artists becoming known by doing it.
    – user4657
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 21:44
  • Legal actions are legal and illegal actions are not, but that's not really a useful statement either.
    – user4657
    Commented Jun 15, 2018 at 22:26

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No. When you buy the CD you have purchased a license to possess and use a copy of the songs that are on the CD so long as you actually have the CD.

This does not give you the right to permanently obtain a copy of those songs from any source you want, no matter what, regardless of what happens to your original copy of the songs.

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