Downloading and copyright law
Downloading is the process of taking data from the internet and storing it on the hard drive of your computer or on another digital device – it’s often referred to as ‘copying a file’. Music, video, games and ringtone downloads are particularly popular with young people.
If we take music as an example, rather than buying a CD you can use a service like iTunes. You pay to download music tracks and albums (as an MP3 file or other format) so that you can listen to them on your computer, portable music player or mobile or burn them onto CD if permitted by the service. Other services also offer a wide range of music, games and other downloads for your mobile, PC or Mac.