NY Times: When Free Isn’t Really Free

FREE. Is there any sweeter word? Its promise of something for nothing, and its underlying connotation of liberation, put a spring in the step and make the world seem a better place.
But lately, free isn’t what it used to be, especially on the Internet, whose very history and technology are based on the notion that information and pretty much everything else online want to be free. Web giveaways increasingly come at a steep price, in the form of computer glitches, frustration and loss of privacy and security – not to mention the threat of expensive lawsuits for large-scale music downloaders. (full story)

My spin: This article is focused on music but the CONCEPT is true for other “free” things!