The law is currently not clear whether websites that display links to infringing music is illegal. However, the short answer is YES. There have been a three court decisions which have ruled against linking to infringing content. The sites were found to be guilty of “contributory infringement” for simply linking illegal content.
Although the law is still very unclear, blog owners and content providers should be very careful in linking copyright material as they could face a stern legal battle and ultimately lose.
Most cases that reach that stage are awarded take-down notices and they face even harsher risks if they ignore the notices and continue with their practice.
Directories and music blogs that purely exist to link to copyright content tend to have a short life span if they are located in the United States. Music blog owners and content providers should be aware.
If you are unsure about whether your content is infringing on copyright laws, you should contact a copyright lawyer specialist.
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