I wanted to mention this because I think the idea rocks. Wired Magazine published a CD with tracks from big time artists licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
Even though though the tracks themselves hardly interest me it’s cool to see a good idea like CC is getting some good mainstream media coverage this way.
By using the CC license, you’re free to rip & share the tunes without fearing the wrath of RIAA coming down on you. In fact, people did just that, and if you’re in to BitTorrent you can get it super-fast at Legal Torrents.
If you’re not into BT yet, check it out anyway, it’s here to stay imo.
You can find more info about the licenses here at the Creative Commons site, which will also make clear which tunes you are free to sample legally (nothing can stop you from sampling anything anyway… :))