I have previously participated in the illicit accessing of files (music, etc.) that were most likely copyrighted/trademarked/etc. as well as the distribution of modified versions of these files (remixes, etc).

I wanted to know, in a general sense (if possible to say, since Terms of Service can vary), if I would be at risk of losing my access/permission to access the pieces of software used in creating/making said modifications or if because the software companies would most likely not be the ones trying to make a copyright claim, the actions involving the illicit files and the distribution of said files would just be something that's discouraged, but not punished by them?

Thank you so much.

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    Are you still distributing the infringing material? All it takes is one copyright holder to notice and sue you.
    – Brandin
    Jul 31 '20 at 13:13
  • I don't think that I am still intentionally distributing the material and if so, it isn't to my knowledge except for one possible sample of some drums that I used not thinking it was copyrighted, but on referring back to it, there's a small possibility that it may be copyrighted/possibility trademarked/etc.
    – 1a28934
    Jul 31 '20 at 21:59
  • I don't see how a sample (a sound recording) could be trademarked.
    – Brandin
    Aug 2 '20 at 5:44
  • Hard to figure out what you mean here. I guess you are using software that licensed audio recordings from artists for the software user to use for noncommercial uses [use]? First step is to read the software's EULA. Does this software allow you to pay extra to use the samples for commercial projects and you just didn't? It's impossible to know what agreement the software company had with the artists so I don't think anyone can help you much with the limited information you provided. This isn't informal legal counsel for the purpose of winning your bounty, this is just pro-bono pro-tipping.
    – Oliver
    Aug 2 '20 at 22:20
  • Hi, thank you for the response, as a clarification of what I mean, I used a piece of software (along with multiple other pieces of software inside said initial piece of software) that allowed me to digitally modify audio files. Some of said audio files (that were most likely copyrighted) were acquired through illicit means such as using another piece of software to download from larger video sites. Some of these modified works were then redistributed, but I have made attempts to remove them from circulation.
    – 1a28934
    Aug 2 '20 at 22:59

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