Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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RE[5]: Correction
by MollyC on Sun 28th Nov 2010 02:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Correction"
MollyC
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Frankenfuss is using the term "steal", colloquially. Steal means more than your legal definition of "theft" as it is used in common language. For example, the term "stealing cable" has been widely accepted to mean the act of getting cable TV signals for free without authorization.

Anyway, when people get hung up over the word "steal" when it comes to piracy, I at times will use the word "cheat" instead. Pirates of IP are cheating the creators out of rightful payment, just like one who sneaks into a movie theater to watch a movie for free is cheating the movie theater out of rightful payment.

So I will alter Frankenfuss's original post, thusly:
It's amazing how people here will defend to the death their alleged inalienable right to CHEAT others.

People don't like to be cheated any more than they like to be stolen from. And cheating can be worse than stealing; it depends on the nature of the cheating.

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