The murky, illegal, hard-to-kill world of unauthorized online music sales

Music Mafia first popped up a year ago, stock with music apparently supplied by hackers and people on the inside of the music industry. Naturally, artists, composers, publishers and other owners of the intellectual property get zip. Buying digital music files online usually means a trip to iTunes. There’s Music Mafia, for one, a site that–well, just take a look. More at Hypebot and TorrentFreak. Let’s see how this unfolds.   Clicking around brings up lists of artists (Kanye, Coldplay, Drake, Beyonce and dozens of others) and links to unreleased material (included pre-release songs), and still-to-released music videos, all of which require cryptocurrency for purchase. The RIAA, America’s music industry watchdog, is on the case. But there are sites that will also do business with you, except that they’re not authorized to sell you anything.
The murky, illegal, hard-to-kill world of unauthorized online music sales