Legal options for downloading digital media

At the University of Delaware, there are no excuses for illegally downloading music, movies, pictures, books, or other copyrighted material. Those who circumvent copyright laws may face severe penalties.

The University is committed to making students aware of legal options for downloading and sharing digital media. On this page, you'll find links to resources that provide digital media LEGALLY—some at no charge, others at a reasonable cost.

Music

Amazon MP3

Download MP3s. Sync to your portable devices.

BirdTrax at Illinois State University

Lists further resources for legal music. Also links to sites that provide movies, TV shows, and other resources.

iTunes

Download music. Sync with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Also offers TV shows and movies.

Music United

Catalog of free and pay sites for legal music.

Find more content from streaming services (e.g., Last.fm, Pandora, Rhapsody, SHOUTcast) or at your favorite radio station's Web site (e.g., WSTW, NPR, WMMR, Power 99).

Movies

Amazon Video On Demand

Purchase or rent movies. Watch on your computer or on your TV with a compatible device. Also offers TV shows.

BirdTrax at Illinois State University

Lists further resources for legal movies. Also links to sites that provide music, TV shows, and other resources.

Hulu Movies Free

Watch movies to your computer. Also offers TV shows.

Netflix

Watch movies on your computer or compatible device with an applicable plan.

Television

Amazon Video On Demand

Purchase individual episodes or entire seasons. Offers some shows in HD. Watch on your computer or on your TV with a compatible device. Also offers movies.

BirdTrax at Illinois State University

Lists further resources for legal TV shows. Also links to sites that provide music, movies, and other resources.

Hulu Television Free

Watch TV shows on your computer for free. Also offers movies.

iTunes

Download individual episodes or entire seasons. Watch on your computer, iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Also offers music and movies.

Gaming

GameFly

Build a queue of games and keep each game as much as you want for as long as you want for a flat monthly fee.

GameTap

Play games online for a flat fee or download games to your computer. (Windows only.)

eBooks

Kindle Books (Amazon)

Download books to your Kindle, computer, or mobile device.

eBooks at Barnes & Noble

Download books to your NOOK, computer, or mobile device.

iBooks

Use the iBooks app to download and read books on your iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone.

Project Gutenberg Free

Download or view books that are no longer under copyright. Offers full-text books in a variety of formats at no cost. Does NOT use proprietary software/hardware!

Reader Store

Read books you purchase from Sony on your computer or on your Sony Reader.

Other

BirdTrax at Illinois State University

Lists further resources for legal music, movies, TV shows, and other content.

Creative Commons Free

Offers copyrighted material that is licensed for personal use. Allows authors, musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, and educators to license their copyrighted material to the public.

Free Software Directory Free

Download software for a variety of purposes.

Internet Archive Free

Contains material that is now in the public domain and available for free. Offers over 110,000 movies, 43,000 concerts, 218,000 audio recordings, and 300,000 texts.

SourceForge Free

Find and develop open source software.

Illegally downloading copyrighted material is a form of theft. Make sure you use legal resources to download your favorite music and other media!