Making absolutely no editorial comments whatsoever with regards to whether or not folks should be allowed to "trade" or "share" music files, I offer the following tidbit of information for which more can be read at http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/03/31/canada/download_court040331 . The Canadian High Court has ruled that... "TORONTO - Individuals who share personal copies of music files on the internet are safe after a Federal Court rejected a motion on Wednesday that would have allowed the music industry to sue them. Justice Konrad von Finckenstein said the Canadian Recording Industry Association hadn't shown copyright infringement by 29 people who had allowed their music files to be uploaded." The judge ruled that placing copyright files into shared folders where they may be accessed by others is no different than placing a photocopy machine in the middle of a library which is full of copyright material. The ruling means that there will undoubtedly be a huge push by the recording industry for some kind of copyright reform (something that I WILL comment on and say that in my opinion is GREATLY OVERDUE!) Copyright laws desperately need overhauling to make them simpler and easier to understand for both sides of the issue. Examples: What is "fair use"? What are "educational purposes"? Should a copyright owner be given the legal right to take something "permanently out of print" and make it forever unobtainable to anyone else? (even if that isn't their intended purpose?) Can ANYONE understand the murk of international law when it comes to copyright? (International Courts don't seem to be able to). Should there be a separation and legal distinction between "literature" and "music"?