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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

Let's be honest for a minute. The only reason we, the common folks, say it is not is because we want to justify our behavior, i.e. the illegal downloading of software, songs, etc.


Except.. In The Netherlands, and most of Europe, it's not illegal.

Which makes sense. Copyright is a state-granted monopoly on distribution. Downloading is not distributing, and as such, you;re not violating copyright by downloading. Uploading, or making available in any other way, is distributing, and as such, that IS a violation of copyright.

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axilmar Member since:
2006-03-20

Indeed. Downloading is not violation of copyright, it's theft. Like when you steal a book from a bookshop.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Indeed. Downloading is not violation of copyright, it's theft. Like when you steal a book from a bookshop.


Except, when you steal the book from the bookshop, the book is no longer there.

It's like making a copy of the book at the book shop - they can still sell the book (i.e. they never lost anything)

If the person making the copy of the book never intended to buy it in the first place, how was there something lost here?

If they turn around and sell the copy they made, that becomes slightly more nefarious, but you have to admit, the book was not stolen.

Theft and copyright infringement cannot be compared on equal levels.

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