Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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Sneaking in to a concert doesn't involve any taking, so by your own definition it's not stealing.

It's called theft of services, look it up. You took their time and effort without compensating them. It's theft.

It's just as much theft as going to a therapist for an hour and then skipping out on the bill. Just because there was no of transfer physical property does not mean that theft did not occur.

Many things are given away without payment and if I take them I am not stealing.

Yes some people give away things for free. Not sure how that negates anything I have said.

Copyright infringement != theft.

Or, in other words, you're wrong.

I already stated that my belief is based in principle, not law. By showing me a bunch of penal codes you only show that you missed the point.

Just because Cuba legalized theft when they seized private property does not mean that their actions were principled or that theft did not occur.

Piracy can be just as destructive to a producer as theft, or do you deny this?

You're taking the intellectual property of others without payment, and that is theft. I could care less about how some state classifies it. It's just as unprincipled as material theft.

My position is based on principle and as such you cannot tell me I am wrong. You can only disagree with me and explain why.

I don't make a moral distinction between theft of material property or intellectual property. Both can destroy a business and both involve taking without permission. I could care less about any legal distinction anymore than I care about legal distinctions between theft and larceny. It's all the same area of unethical activity: theft.

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