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Hello again. After one year, i would like to ask the same

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Hello again.
After one year, i would like to ask the same legal question i asked 1 year ago.
This is because i don't know if copyright-infringement related laws might have changed, and i don't know where to find this information:
Here is the point:
I have developed a free App for Android devices. This app is currently in the Android Play Store and it's going very well. I gain some revenue through advertising banners in the app.
The App is a search engine that lets users search, listen and download music from existing public search engines.
My app does not contain copyrighted material, but potentially people can download copyrighted material into their device.
I have this EULA each user must agree beforeusing the app:

- This App is a search engine providing search results coming from popular free public search engines.
- This App provides the same functionalities any user can obtain by surfing the web and using the same search engines.
- This App does NOT contain or act as a spyware, unlike many similar apps (the required authorizations are minimal).
- This App allows users to obtain these results in an anonymous and safe way, bypassing any risk of contracting viruses or spyware,
which are often infesting these public search engines.
- This App does not contain any copyright-protected material or media.
- This App will not in any way collect any kind of data concerning users.
- This App and it's author are not responsible in any way of what the user does with the music that This App finds.
- The author reminds all users that downloading copyright protected music that is not owned by the user himself is illegal.
- The user only accepts sole responsibility for any use of the found songs, and the author of the This App application is not liable.

I would like to understand if this is still legal, and possibly where can i find informations to understand if laws change, making my app become illegal.

Thank you.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you again.

The laws have not changed since last year. You are not allowing people to download songs from your website and are not even acting as a file sharing site. Thus, you are not liable for what people do with your app as it is only a search engine. The copyright infringement is when you allow people to upload songs and download copyrighted songs from your site, which you are not doing, so you have no violations.

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