A MESSAGE TO ALL NEW OR CURRENT MEMBERS ABOUT THE POLICIES BY QUEENZONE ABOUT OR IN REGARDS TO OFFICIAL QUEEN MEDIA AND DOWNLOADS:
We have a policy on this board that in effect should be adhered to AT ALL TIMES in order to maintain a website where we can otherwise talk freely and such, and that is: NO UPLOADING OF *OR* STREAMING OF *OR* POSTING LINKS TO OFFICIAL VIDEOS OR AUDIO CONTENT OF OFFICIALLY RELEASED QUEEN MEDIA.
That means no posting links to websites or locations (whether HTTP or FTP) where the following can be either downloaded, streamed, listened to, or watched:
-Any songs in MP3, AAC, FLAC, APE, RealMedia (RM), or any audio format that can be converted to CD Audio (or otherwise) or played on an audio device or system, that have been taken from officially released audio formats.
This includes songs that have been released on a Queen (or related) album, single, compilation, soundtrack, video, LaserDisc, etc., regardless of whether they are or have been on sale, or were promotional items, etc. This also includes audio downloads from services such as 7Digital, iTunes, and the like.
And needless to say, even though we WOULD like to think that songs or items exclusive to one country (be it Italy, Japan, Canada, or wherever) are free of copyright laws and restrictions outside of that particular country or countries, that is almost never the case at all. In fact, it is NEVER the case at all.
And it also includes any leaked or prereleased (i.e. review/press copies) audio content that is KNOWN or CONFIRMED to be included on an upcoming OFFICIAL RELEASE.
-PROMOTIONAL MUSIC VIDEOS that have been released on officially licensed videotapes, LaserDiscs, DVD's, Betamax, or any video content.
It also includes videos or alternate versions of videos that have never been or yet to be released on a video format, that HAVE been or IS being currently shown on television.
This also includes official promotional DVD's such as Greatest Flix I&II.
Videos that HAVE been released CANNOT be even streamed here, or have links posted to a stream, whether it is not downloadable or not.
There is a reason or two, or maybe even more, that we have these policies in effect, in case you need reminding or worse:
-MOST IMPORTANT: Due to recent illegal download services such as Napster, KaZaA, and the like, many record labels and their lawyers, representatives, services, etc., have been taking harsh methods possible to fine and/or charge people and services that encourage and/or participate in these illegal acts of downloading officially released material, whether in MP3 form or not, and are also shutting down many websites that offer official MP3's, whether intentionally or not (usually, they are fair to give one or two warnings at best to the service providers or webmasters).
It is for that reason that we are TRYING our best to keep this site well alive and running, so that we have an otherwise unmoderated place to be able to talk freely, participate in discussions, share other things, and such things, rather than to encourage illegal downloading that COULD and CAN get this website permanently shut down, which would be a very upsetting loss to many on this board, especially us older and long-remaining (as well as some more recent) posters and members of this board.
-Another reason, relating to the first one above, is that this site is VERY well known to not only Queen fans, but Queen productions and their associates alone (TRUST me when I say this...I know it for a fact myself...and NO I'm not one of them). If Queen Productions know or get tipped off that many people are encouraging downloads or downloading of official material that ends up losing them potential income, whether small or large, then they could and WILL take action against this site.
I believe we so far have been lucky that they haven't, and we hope that it continues that way.
Now, to end this post on a different note