Multimedia entertainment found on the Internet often comes free of charge, such as when watching upcoming movie trailers, listening to Internet radio, or watching the latest news. With broadband Internet access, downloading media files onto your hard drive becomes as easy as 1-2-3 and only takes a few minutes of your time.

Although downloading the MP3s of an entire album is quite easy on the Internet, it is still illegal if those MP3s come from an unauthorized source. Composers or authorized parties, such as recording houses who own the copyrights to the songs, can distribute those MP3 files, but Internet users who have made a pirated copy of songs are committing an illegal act.