While in the shower this morning (I do all my best free-thinking there), I started thinking about my town library. Its a well stocked, multi-media, storehouse of materials. Books, magazines, newspapers, CD's, video's, DVD's. Basically the whole gamut of audio and visual media. Then I wondered, why isn't it illegal? I mean, if the RIAA has its way, you can't share any music with your friends. If I borrow a CD from the library, I'm not paying the RIAA anything. And I get to choose what I want. The same goes for movies, I may borrow a movie periodically because I really like it. And the MPAA isn't getting my money. And what about periodicals and books. People rarely re-read magazines and I would guess never re-read newspapers. Books are a little different, as I don't mind rereading a good book. But with book prices approaching $7-8 for a paperback, its certainly a reasonable alternative to get them from a library. So the publishers aren't getting my money either. So...why is it illegal to share music and video files? Why aren't book publishers screaming...yet? How many people here have made copies from your local library, either photocopies or audio copies or video copies?