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Are music download sites still illegal even when you pay a lifetime membership fee?



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This is a very tricky question. It depends on the website in question and whether not they have been authorized by the RIAA to do business. To put it simply, when a music site launches they are supposed to ask the RIAA if they can do business, then they purchase licenses or rights to make the songs available for purchase. A lifetime membership fee music download site would probably not make the RIAA very happy because say you pay $1 or $1,000, over the LIFE of the membership, the profit the RIAA and its labels make per song would probably be very, very, little.