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Advice needed regarding "trading" stuff online.

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I'm not sure where this belongs, so I hope here is ok.

I run a web site and mailing list for a fairly popular singer. Over the last month or so I've received a number of requests to set up something so that people can trade video and audio recordings of TV appearances, music videos (taped from TV), live performances, radio interviews and stuff like that.

The "trade" would either be a "tape-for-a-tape" trade or a "cost-of-tape-plus-shipping" deal. In theory the people wouldn't be earning anything. I realize that the sale or trade of home-made copies (CDRs or tapes) of any of the artists CD's would be an out right violation of the copyright laws so that wouldn't be permitted.

What I would like to know is what are, if there are any, the legal ramifications of something like this? Especially for me as the web site owner? Also would a disclaimer on whatever I set up help avoid my getting into any legal problems if a problem arrises?

Thank you.



Senior Member
As the web site owner, you could be charged with copyright law violations by providing a method of trafficking illegal recordings. And promoting the trafficking would most carry a stiffer charge and penalties than just the trading.

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