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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If you go that route, it's effectively no different than driving off from a gas pump without paying for the gas you pumped.

Now you again.

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pantheraleo Member since:

The FBI routinely uses the terms "Intellectual Property Theft", and "Creativity Theft". Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Justice officially recognizes a crime called "electronic theft". The No Electronic Theft act (NET) was passed in 1997 and is part of 17 U.S.C and 18 U.S.C ( ). This act recognizes copyright infringement specifically as a form of theft.

So both the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Justice recognize copyright infringement, as a form of "theft". The relevant U.S.C. section is even named "No Electronic Theft Act".


This Act may be cited as the `No Electronic Theft (NET) Act'.


(a) DEFINITION OF FINANCIAL GAIN- Section 101 of title 17, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the undesignated paragraph relating to the term `display', the following new paragraph:
`The term `financial gain' includes receipt, or expectation of receipt, of anything of value, including the receipt of other copyrighted works.'.

Bottom line: Copyright infringement is legally recognized under 17 U.S.C. and 18 U.S.C. as a form of theft.

Your turn again.

Edited 2011-06-10 14:58 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Look up theft in the dictionary.

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pantheraleo Member since:

Btw, if you want be pedantic, piracy is "an act of robbery on the high seas; also : an act resembling such robbery". Only recently has the definition been expanded to include copyright infringement. So the initial definition of piracy also requried that you steal "the original".

The Law dictionary defines "theft" as "a criminal taking of the property or services of another without consent"

In other words, the legal definition of theft does not require that any "original item" be stolen. It can also be stealing of a service. Which is why modifying your cable box to receive premium channels you have not paid for is legally a form of theft.

The definitions of words change as technology and culture evolves. The word "piracy" is proof of that. So is the word "theft".

Again, your turn. I hope you can do better than some stupid little cartoon this time that has no authoritative reference to be defining what theft is and is not.

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