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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Alright, so what is stolen is not a product but an intellectual property. We're getting there.

What is stolen is something of value to me. Because you are depriving me of the ability to make money off of my own creations.

The authority argument "the DOJ and FBI use this naming convention" won't work here, since what I'm trying to show there is precisely that naming IP infringement theft is a big semantic mistake.

Ah. So now you are the expert on law and legal terminology? I'm sorry, but the DOJ disagrees with you. The FBI disagrees with you. Harvard Law School disagrees with you. The law dictionary disagrees with you. I really think that now you are just arguing for the sake of arguing because you don't want to admit that you were wrong about "theft" encompassing more than just the taking of a physical possession without consent.

Btw, what would you call illegally downloading copyrighted content then? Surely you would not call it "piracy", since the definition piracy is theft on the high seas. So if you call it piracy, you've not only engaged in another semantic error by your own logic. But you've also created a circular definition. So if it's not theft, and it's not piracy, what would you call it?

I'm really not going to continue this semantic argument with you. The law clearly states that copyright infringement is a form of theft. So quite frankly, you are the one that is semantically wrong here.

The legal definition of theft does NOT require that original physical property be taken. It really is that simple.

Edited 2011-06-10 17:14 UTC

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