Does anyone know what the current situation is with music download sites in Australia? I briefly used dodgy sites like Kazaa and Morpheus a couple of years ago, and allowed [my daughter] Rebecca to do so as well. I eventually made her stop doing it partly because I was conscious that it was a conduit to wholesale stealing of other people’s music, but mostly because Bec was downloading increasing numbers of viruses and other problem files (and various other headaches I won’t go into).
However, Jen and I have been trying to get back into downloading music the legal way over the last couple of weeks. We’ve downloaded and installed Apple iTunes and Napster on 2 separate computers. They’re both (now at least) sites which have legal contractual arrangements with the various music licensing organisations. But they simply don’t work on our PCs. Does anyone know why? We get messages such as “We’re sorry, Napster [iTunes] is not currently available in your country …”
Do others experience this problem? Or is it some problem with our PCs? Or our ISP (Ozemail)? We’re perfectly happy to pay for songs we want to download, but at the moment it seems we have no choice but to use the dodgy (and predominantly illegal) services like Kazaa and Morpheus. It seems really stupid. Is it because Australia is yet to agree to extend its copyright protection period to the extortionate 70 year duration now mandated in the US? Or what?