How do you get the Internet Channel for free on the Wii?

When it first came out in June 2007, the Internet Channel was free. Now, however, the Internet Channel costs 500 Wii Points, and there is no way to get it for free.

If your friend has it, he/she may be able to copy it onto an SD card and bring it to you. You cannot copy it again onto your own Wii, though.