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A while ago, I decided to get rid of all the music I had on my hard drive, but which I had no right to. However, since some songs were really good, I kept all the files on my hard drive, so as to sort them out over the course of time into artists I want to buy music from and artists I don't want to buy music from (and then delete them). So, I didn't listen to them.

Now the job is done, but there are still some songs I'm having a dilemma about. This is mainly music whose artist and even title is unknown to me.

What would be the right course of action for me concerning these songs? I really really like them, and if I knew their author, I'd buy their CD's. But I don't. For one song I know both the artist and the title, but I'm not able to find anything else about it (for example, the author's page, or a CD to buy).

I know if I delete these songs from my hard drive, I would be losing them forever; but on the other hand, keeping and listening to them is a violation of copyright. Can someone help, please?

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Now the job is done, but there are still some songs I'm having a dilemma about. This is mainly music whose artist and even title is unknown to me.
Every once in a while I will hear a song on the radio somewhere that I want to listen to again. My strategy is to memorize a short phrase from the chorus of the song and search for it with Google. The phrase in quotes followed by the word "lyrics" has only failed me once, but I suspect I heard the lyrics incorrectly. :)

If you truly can find no information about the artist and where to buy the music (and I would be surprised if you could not; try different Google searches, and have you looked on eBay?), personally I would keep the files.

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A while ago, I decided to get rid of all the music I had on my hard drive, but which I had no right to...

Do you not have the right to them because you didn't pay for them or because you downloaded them illegally (ie, from a site that didn't honor copyrights)?

The reason I ask is that there is a ton of music out there (including my own) that's available free for personal use, as a promotional incentive. At this point in my career, it makes more sense for me to forgo what marginal extra profit I might make by not distributing any songs, in the interest of getting my name out there. The portion of listeners overall who will pay to download a single song by an unknown artist, nevermind an entire CD, is minuscule in my opinion, so it makes sense for unknown artists to put out free downloads.

Are you sure you didn't download the song legitimately as a promo?

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Apart from the issue of whether to delete them, isn't there some (perhaps internet-based) way to figure out the answer, based on the words, etc.?

There is no lyrics. Just music.

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Do you not have the right to them because you didn't pay for them or because you downloaded them illegally (ie, from a site that didn't honor copyrights)?

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Are you sure you didn't download the song legitimately as a promo?

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I'm sure. Most of the music I labelled as not having right to having it, I got from a colleague. He had them on an MP3 compilation CD a very long time ago, and as it usually is with pirated/illegal music, he's forgotten all about it. When I downloaded music, I always changed its file name into correct artist and title.

Maybe someone here would know about the song I do have a title and artist of. It's "Ajax Projection - Requiem for the Ring" (it plays on one of the LOTR: TTT trailers). A forum I found mentions that the original artist had a site where this music could be downloaded, but it's now down.

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Maybe someone here would know about the song I do have a title and artist of. It's "Ajax Projection - Requiem for the Ring" (it plays on one of the LOTR: TTT trailers). A forum I found mentions that the original artist had a site where this music could be downloaded, but it's now down.

Does it play ni the movie as well? If it does, you may find info in the Internet Movie Database In any case, the movie's production company ought to have more information.

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http://www.emusic.com/album/10968/10968342.html

There are apparently multiple versions of this song.

alternately: http://www.rhapsody.com/-search?query=requ...ype=RhapKeyword

A quick google search (example terms: name that tune) indicates that there are a number of websites aimed at solving this problem (of unknown songs). One of the results was midomi.com ... I'm not sure how well these sites work, but I suppose its worth a shot. I imagine that the more obscure the music is the less likely it is to work.

Ironically, I found a youtube video featuring the song with AS art in the background!

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Thanks to both. I've intensified the search myself in the last days and I found out that one of the songs I have is Metamorphosis by Culture Beat.

Requiem, however, does not play in the movie. I know because I have soundtracks of all three movies, and I've seen them a couple of times (extended editions). Also, thanks for the links, but none of the links points to the music I have. Also, that other site is only for the US, and I'm from Croatia.

There is one other song. I've made a 60 second clip and uploaded it to my site. If anyone knows the artist and the title, I'd be greatful. The link is: http://www.sourcedev.org/search/Song1.mp3

I remember that a long time ago, the song was entitled "Final Fantasy Theme" or "Final Fantasy End Titles". I know it's not the motion picture because I saw it, and listened to the clips from the soundtrack. And soundtracks for games are hard to find, and even then there's no clips.

But then again, my original post was not about finding out what these unknown songs are, although that would be nice. It was about whether it is morally OK to keep the song and search for the artist, or should I delete it?

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