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Why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online when it is illegal?

If it is illegal to download videos and audios from youtube due to copyright reasons, why are there so many youtube to mp4 and mp3 download websites online? For example https://freevideotomp3.com//, ...
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How legal is offering abandonware for download?

A quick background to my project (it's essential to the question, as you'll see later): My project offers a multiplayer server platform for server listings for a game (Crysis Wars), allowing players ...
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Can media illegally downloaded in banned regions be legally used in regions where it is not banned?

Suppose you live in a region where the government has banned the purchase of some media (e.g., songs, movies, or software). So you cannot legally purchase licenses from the owners; the only way to ...
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How do people publicly admit to criminal activity and not typically get arrested?

I've noticed that people on YouTube and even on TV would sometimes say things like "I used to take lots of coke a few years ago" or "I used to smoke weed daily until this and that" or "Yea, I smoke ...
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Is it piracy to obtain software you purchased in an alternate way?

Lets say you purchased software in the 90s or early 2000s, but lost the license key and or the disc. Another possibility is the company is no longer supporting and or does not provide older versions ...
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Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

I've always been under the assumption that doing such was illegal. I don't see any difference between downloading music from YouTube and downloading music from The Pirate Bay. Apparently, there is ...
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Are the people who sell pre-owned copyrighted media on sites such as Amazon breaking a law?

Say you buy a pre-owned (second-hand) copy of a movie on a website like, say, Amazon. AFAIK, no one who made the film or distributed it will ever see the color of your money, therefore, the prejudice ...
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Is it legal to download movies in Canada?

For years Canada has been known as a Pirates safe haven, but copyright in Canada has been going under huge reform for the past few years, and it's been hard to keep up with all the changes. With the ...
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Why YTS owner not jailed for illegal digital distribution, even police caught him?

The guy behind YTS must be thanking his lucky stars. On 21 October, 2015 MPAA team shut down YTS site. Mega Upload owner was jailed for decades, even after he is running legal site, But YTS is not a ...
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Is it illegal to download cracked software one has purchased?

Assuming someone purchases a piece of software, but due to an error, has to wait for an arbitrary amount of time to download the software, would it be a criminal act to download or use a cracked ...
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Is it piracy to download a copy of a book that my university has?

If my university's library has a book available for students, is it piracy/illegal if those students download some copy from the internet in PDF? There are some books I would like to study but they ...
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Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?

Is it legal to download pirated movies or software for personal---that is non-commercial---use?
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copyright, fair use and online dictionaries/translations/word list

For a language app I need short word bilingual definitions and word lists, containing info such as word frequency and part of speech. I would like to use a selection of many online sources to do this....
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Would a website that catalogs every possible sequence of letters violate copyright?

Suppose I created a website that cataloged every possible sequence of letters in order. You would start with the letter "a", could swipe right to read "b", and further to find &...