• Many music companies or download services (e.g. iTunes) will sell you a copy of a file or of a complete recording. This is how the companies collect royalties in a controlled and legal fashion. Many musicians will offer free songs on their websites for promotional purposes; some may even sell them. These are all legal downloads. There is no way to track and pay royalties for files that you may share with someone else, without having the royalty owner monitoring your computer activity. They don't do that, because it wouldn't work reliably if they tried. Frankly, I can give a thousand copies of a song away and no one has any way of tracking that distribution back to me if I am careful. If you are concerned about paying royalties (applause), ensure that you buy your music from legitimate sites or make copies for yourself from disks you buy (if such copying is allowed in your country).
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  • In theory yes but if you are talking about any kind of music or art that has wide spread popular distribution then, in reality, no. The entities that hold those rights have lucrative contracts with other companies that restricts who, if anyone, can also buy rights to the work.
  • If you want to use that music into video or something, then yes. You have to contact the music distribution company like EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music, etc. But it could be very expensive. So there are a lot of copyright-free websites. ex)
  • In the USA, it is perfectly legal to make a copy of anything you own as long as it is for personal use (meaning you never share it with anyone else). So, if you buy the files you of which you have illegal copies, in theory, it makes those copies legal for you to possess (but not legal to share with others). Does that answer the question? I'm not 100% clear on what you are asking.

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