Question: Is downloading really free?
Answer: There is a cost involved with everything. When you download web pages or programs you are taking up time on a dialup connection and bandwidth on a broadband connection that you are paying for. Also many "free" web pages/downloads are financed through advertising or have some other way of funding. It may not cost you actual money for the download but you will be paying in some way.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.