The days of sitting through 5 Crowded House videos just to finally see Lionel Ritchie â€œDancing on the Ceilingâ€ are over thanks to YouTube, which offers us a convenient spot to search and watch practically any video on demand. Now, the next step in our sneaky music evolution is finding a way to convert those videos to CDâ€™sâ€¦preferably cheap. Many software programs offer ways to record any audio coming out of our computer speakers into .mp3 format and although their intentions are true, those programs unknowingly offer us easy access to become music pirates. You can download a program like â€œAudacityâ€ and have it open in one program while â€œLadyâ€ plays in the other. By hitting â€œrecordâ€ in the music software, you can tape the slithery sounds coming out of Lionelâ€™s mouth and with some cleanup, form it into an audio file thatâ€™s ready to be transferred to a CD and you only spent time, not the $.99 iTunes charges for such superhits. Now, the gray area rears its ugly head and you might question the whole â€œlegalityâ€ of what you just did. Most of the well-known songs and videos on YouTube are protected by copyrights and unless Mr.Ritchie was sipping wine in your living room and told you to â€œjust go for itâ€, the odds are youâ€™ve probably broken the law. You donâ€™t get a ticket as long as somebody doesnâ€™t catch you running a stop sign and you probably wonâ€™t get in any trouble for just enjoying your tunes on an afternoon jog. To protect yourself though, you should probably resist the urge to purchase infomercial time slots to advertise â€œLionel Ritchie Mix Tapesâ€ for pennies on the dollar as that could raise some eyebrows.
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