[B]OK so been browsing this site for a while now, reading various posts, and also googling what i'm looking for but no luck, so decided to post here.
Few questions I can't find the answer to:[/B]
1. Can anyone recommend a good, legal site to download mp3s from for a UK user?
Have noticed various mentioned - in particular are allofmp3.com or mp3search.ru classed as 'legal' in the eyes of the UK courtroom?
Or if I should buy my downloads from UK sites such as Woolworths or MyCokeMusic, would I more definitely be legally covered?
2. If I should download an mp3 album from one of these legal mp3 sites, do I get some sort of online or HTML 'receipt' to show that I have paid for the tracks, should I ever be questioned about them?
The reason I ask this is that I may intend to use them in public performance.
I understand that in the UK, this requires some form of 'Public Performance Licence' (maybe someone can shed some more light?), and if I am to obtain this, I may have to be able to prove legality of my tracks should it be requested (at any point of holding the license).
3. I have a cd album that I purchased which I ripped to mp3 (as a backup for myself). The cd over time became damaged and eventually the cd was lost, however I still have the mp3 backup on my computer. (Before anyone asks I do not wish to burn the mp3s to an audio cd, but instead simply listen to the mp3s on the computer).
Even though I had originally paid for the cd, UK law states that my 'digital copy/backup' is not so legal as the cd which I paid for, therefore I am in a bit of a grey area. Should this occur with 10 of my cd's, then I am in 10 grey areas!
Therefore, is it possible for me to purchase the download of this album off a legal mp3 download site, thus proving as a receipt for this digital backup of the cd on my computer (especially without me having to download the whole album which I pay for, as I already have it in digital format)?
If the tracks are of the same length and the album of the same overall runtime could an 'authority' differentiate between whether it was the version I was supposed to have downloaded or one I had ripped myself ?
In short, is the purchase of and payment for (without the actual downloading of) the legal mp3 album download, sufficient to cover me in the event of an enquiry ?
4. Related to Point 3 - I have another album in the same situation as Point 3, originally purchased from a store, have the original receipt to prove it, and ripped the cd to the computer as mp3s.
However, this was purchased while outside the UK, and therefore would be classed as an IMPORT. If it was available in the UK I wouldn't be too concerned on this point, but I ask because this album is only commercially available outside the UK (e.g. a foreign compilation).
How do I go about proving ownership/producing a receipt to show the 'legal download' of these files (taking into account the details Point 3)?
Sorry for so many questions, but have so much to ask!