The Modern Ethicist: Does my pre-order entitle me to bittorrent a CD?

Walt Mossberg and I had an interesting debate recently over users rights and copyright in the modern era. These are complex issues and we went back and forth challenging each other on various scenarios in which users, DRM, and copyright were colliding. Today I had one and i thought I would put the question out to you guys before giving you the right answer (aka my answer :-).

Question: I just pre-ordered Bob Dylan’s Moderm Times on iTunes. I’m sure the album will be available on the Internet before the release date, does my purchasing the album ahead of time give me the right to download it now? Is there any harm in me downloading it ahead of time?

Please post your answer on your blog.

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