P2P, Limewire, and Linux

CentOS 5.6 was released the other day.  There is no better way to download a new release of Linux than through a P2P network.  I know LimeWire was under a cease and desist order for distributing their software, but I have a working copy and it does not crash as much as FrostWire.  When I started it up, this surprised me a little bit:

I find it interesting that the court order says you can’t use Limewire software to download or upload copyrighted works in any manner.  I hate to be nit picky here, but unless a copyright has expired, all works have copyrights – even if the copyright has been conveyed to all.  All GPL code is licensed for the purpose of sharing, yet it is still copyrighted.  The question is, am I breaking the law here by using LimeWire?

Here is the injunction (and an award should go out for the least quality PDF here):

http://download.limewire.com/injunction/Injunction.pdf

While using P2P software to consume copyrighted works without payment is illegal, using P2P for legally permissible uses may be collateral damage.

Folks, this is real simple.  If you want a song, movie, or software program that is commercially available, and you are unwilling to pay for it, then perhaps it is not that good in the first place.

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