Q&A: Is there a specific legal document stating torrents/emulation illegal, even if it is copyright?
Question by Meta K: Is there a specific legal document stating torrents/emulation illegal, even if it is copyright?
I’ve yet to have been given sound proof its illegal besides moral evidence. I’ve recently erased all such programs and am curious, what legal document actually states that? I read over the Millenium Copyright Act and only could get from it that it was illegal to make or distribute anything meant to bypass a copyright restriction…
Answer by ron_mexico
Section 501 of Title 17 of the US Code governs copyright infringement. This section states, in part: “Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided by sections 106 through 122 or of the author as provided in section 106A(a),…is an infringer of the copyright or right of the author, as the case may be.”
Title 17 is commonly referred to as the Copyright Act and should be your primary source for copyright questions. You should carefully read section 501 and sections 106 to 122. However, in short, the copyright owner’s rights include, among others, the right to distribute and the right to reproduce their copyrighted works. Clearly, torrents run afoul of this.
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