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Is there anyway to distinguish a legally bought mp3 from a pirated or copied version. Further is there any difference in the data or code when a copy is made?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Paul replied 11 years ago.
Yes, it is very easy. If it is legally downloaded it will have to seek a license when loading, also when you right click it and press Properties in Windows XP then license it will say if it is under DRM. Most legally downloaded music is under DRM, though not always.

Most legally downloaded music is in the M4P, WMA or AAC format.

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Paul
Expert:  Stephen replied 11 years ago.
Actually, not to contradict Paul, but if you have nothing to go with
but the actual mp3 file, there is no way to determine if the file was
legally or illegally obtained.



While some mp3's will have license information, that just means that at
one time it was purchased by someone, but it could have be traded and
shared around more times then a ... well you get the point.



Also, the way that file is encoded has absolutely nothing to do with whether it is legal or illegal.

















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