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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Piracy IS theft
by theeil on Wed 1st Sep 2010 00:53 UTC
theeil
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2005-09-18

By definition. Piracy: [mass noun] the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea. The association of copyright infringement with piracy implies that it's theft.

There's a difference between (a) taking property unlawfully, (b) reproducing material unlawfully, and (c) acquiring unlawfully reproduced material. Why should (c) be treated *worse* than (a)?

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RE: Piracy IS theft
by WorknMan on Wed 1st Sep 2010 01:21 in reply to "Piracy IS theft"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

By definition. Piracy: [mass noun] the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea. The association of copyright infringement with piracy implies that it's theft.

There's a difference between (a) taking property unlawfully, (b) reproducing material unlawfully, and (c) acquiring unlawfully reproduced material. Why should (c) be treated *worse* than (a)?


I've heard this argument many times before. Sure, piracy does not make you a thief, but it does make you a douchebag.

So, which would you rather be... a thief or a douchebag? I'll leave it up to you.

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RE[2]: Piracy IS theft
by umccullough on Wed 1st Sep 2010 01:52 in reply to "RE: Piracy IS theft"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

So, which would you rather be... a thief or a douchebag? I'll leave it up to you.


At least being a douchebag isn't a crime (yet) ;)

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RE: Piracy IS theft
by nt_jerkface on Wed 1st Sep 2010 07:50 in reply to "Piracy IS theft"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/piracy
the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.: The record industry is beset with piracy.

It's in every dictionary and everyone knows what he is talking about. Sorry if you don't like the definition but it is commonly accepted.

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