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):
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.