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Music on my mp3: how do you know that it is legal?

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There are plenty of sites with free music for download, including libraries, independent music labels wanting to get tunes out, obscure music archives at universities, etc. If police in the US or Canada are searching my mp3, how do they know if a file is "legal" or a copyright infringement? For example, for a song on my phone, under Preferences, the file says "Copyright: free". What does that mean?

 

I go to Canada all the time and don't want to wind up detained or hassled over something like this. I know I'm being paranoid, but humor me.

 

I would just leave the mp3 at home but CBC is fun for about 15 minutes only. Last time I returned from Canada a US guard searched through my camera, and I have read that phone searches are standard if you get the second-level search in either country.


Edited by cloudcult - 10/29/13 at 10:11am
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I don't think it's possible, though it might be in some cases, I don't know for certain.  My iTunes library has well over 50,000 tunes in it and all but 3 or 4 (bought at the iTunes store) are copied from CDs, records, or tapes that I legally own.  That means that everything is legal, but how they could tell in a search of my iPod or phone at the border, I have no idea.  I can legally copy those sources for my own use all I want.

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