Legal Alternatives

Main Content

There are plenty of resources available online to obtain legal content. SIU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use the following websites when accessing copyrighted material. A more complete list of legal alternatives can be found at the Educause website.


AOL Radio

AOL Radio offers more than 350 Internet radio stations with song skipping and includes music, news, sports and talk.


Live365 Internet Radio is a network where members can create their own online radio station or listen to other Live365 broadcasters' online stations.

Every track you play on tells your profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like and recommend songs from their music collections.

Pandora Radio

Pandora Radio is a personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.


Radio-Locator is a comprehensive listing of radio stations all over the world that have web pages.


RadioTower provides details, descriptions , ratings and 1-click instant access to thousands of live Internet radio feeds.


SHOUTcast Radio offers thousands of free Internet radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world.


SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds with the world.

Yahoo! Music

Yahoo! Music lets you find music videos, internet radio, music downloads and the latest music news and information.

Video, Television, and Movies

Television Networks


ABC Family






Food Network







USA Network

Other Providers

Hulu, a joint venture of NBC/Universal and Fox, is a free online video service that offers hit TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, NBA and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and more.


Sling offers content from most of the major networks and studios including Warner, Sony, and MGM. The site also has videos from a number of smaller sources.


YouTube offers video clips from popular shows and movies as well as music video and so much more. The website also offers full length movies and TV shows for rent or purchase. 

Music, TV and Movie Download Stores

Want to watch a specific TV show or movie or buy a specific song so that you can listen to it whenever you want? Buying downloads is an affordable way to build a library of your favorite entertainment. Online stores are designed to help you find and buy exactly what you want in one smooth transaction.

Amazon Video on Demand

Amazon offers movies and TV shows to buy or rent to your computer, XBox360, TiVo, Roku, or portable video device.


CinemaNow offers download-to-own and pay-per-view movies, TV shows, and music videos from more than 250 licensors including 20th Century Fox, Disney, EMI, HDNet, IFC, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Sundance Channel, Vivendi Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Google Play

Google Play Movies & TV operates largely as a streaming service, with the option to purchase and download permanent copies from their catalog.

iTunes Store

The iTunes Store is a digital media store operated by Apple Inc. and is now the number-one music vendor in the United States. The store sells music, movies, audiobooks, TV shows and also carries podcasts.

Online Record Stores


Works directly with independent musicians world-wide to give downloads of MP3s and perfect-quality WAV files. You can listen to every album in its entirety before buying or becoming a member.

CD Baby

CD Baby is a little online record store that sells albums by independent musicians…. In a regular record deal or distribution deal, musicians only make $1-$2 per album, if they ever get paid by their label. When selling through CD Baby, musicians make $6-$12 per album, and get paid weekly. CDs and MP3 downloads for sale.

iTunes Store

Apple’s online music store. Thousands of free podcasts.


Bands upload their songs, the community reviews them. Free MP3 downloads.


Music for streaming, free download, and for sale.


Indie record store with MP3s for sale and a selection of free downloads.