Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jun 2011 18:51 UTC
Internet & Networking It's official now. The signs had been there for a while now. While the west bangs on about the importance of freedom and democracy, they don't actually want anyone to have too much of it. The US, France, and the UK have jointly pretty much declared war on freedom on the web.
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Counterfeiting : Someone makes a factory next to yours that manufactures the same shirts for a lower price. You can still sell your shirts, but people won't buy them anymore because it's cheaper next door. Which one is closer to piracy ? Theft, according to you ?

For legal purposes, I don't think the words "theft" and the word "piracy" have much difference. Again, the original definition of the word "piracy" referred specifically to theft carried out on the seas. To the best of my knowledge, this is still the only legal definition of the word "piracy" that is codified in the United Stated Code. It took on a secondary meaning with changing technology and culture.

I would also point out, that neither 17 U.S.C or 18 U.S.C, which are the sections of the United States Code dealing with copyright law, and copyright infringement, ever use the word "piracy" when referring to this crime. But they do use the word "theft".

So from a legal standpoint, if, they were manufacturing the exact same shirts I was, I would call it IP theft, or creativity theft, which are both terms used by the DOJ and the FBI to describe this type of crime.

Edited 2011-06-10 15:57 UTC

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