The legacy entertainment industry has worked so hard to claim that getting any of their works for "free" must be illegal. Remember, the public service announcement created
by NBC Universal and used by both the city government of NY and the federal government as an "anti-piracy" advertisement states that "there's no such thing as free" content. EMI, in its fight with MP3tunes, similarly tried to claim that it never, ever, released free music online -- a point easily proven
to be false. So it's interesting to see -- as a whole bunch of folks have sent in -- that the DC libraries recently announced that library card holders can download free music from the library website
from Sony Music. The library website
says that it comes from "the entire Sony Music and IODA catalogs." You only get to download three songs per week, but they appear to be DRM-free mp3s. This is why it gets more and more difficult to take the big labels and the big studios seriously when they go on and on about how bad "free" is. They're using it themselves...