If I join a usenet group and pay recurring member fees, would downloading copyrighted songs still be illegal?

Question by Nick2006: If I join a usenet group and pay recurring member fees, would downloading copyrighted songs still be illegal?
Can I still be sued in this instance?
response to first answer: then why does usenet.com advertise this stuff
“Join us today and start building your music collection!”
and this:
“to join the BEST newsgroup provider on the Internet and download all the cool MP3s your heart desires!”

Best answer:

Answer by slagathor238
Yes, it’s still illegal. You can’t legitimise stealing someones copyrighted property by paying a fee to someone else.

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