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Digital Music, Copyright Law and Halacha

March 05, 2007 10:00PM
<HTML>Shalom,

My middle school students are extremely interested in understanding the
legal and halachic red lines regarding downloading, sharing and or copying
of copyrighted digital music, TV and movies. I am looking for sources and
materials for class.

Understanding that this is an extremely vast and cloudy area in both
international law and halacha, I want to present the students with
concrete primary and secondary source material they can study and debate.

Here are some specific questions that have been raised in class:

- If I own a song, can I email it to a friend?
- Are there differences between secular law and halacha?
- If I am not planning on selling or profiting from my downloaded music,
does that make it ok?
- "Nobody listens to the warnings at the beginning of books, CD covers
etc...and the artists are very aware of this." Does this effect the law and
halacha? ("Nobody" here refers to peers, parents, popular websites,
organizations etc.)
- Can I listen to music that has been freely downloaded?
- How can you tell me that this is illegal or halachically prohibited?
Millions of people do it, the police don't care, our parents haven't said a
word etc...
- It's not like these artists are starving?
- Why should downloading be different than recording a song from the radio
or a show from TV?
- Is there a difference between movies and songs?
- If a website is up and running, doesn't that make it ok?

David Katz
Alon Shvut, Israel</HTML>
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David Katz March 05, 2007 10:00PM

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