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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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:

I looked it up in the law dictionary, which is what counts when discussing legal definitions of crimes. See my other post:

"a criminal taking of the property or services of another without consent."

Again, it does not require actual physical property to be stolen. Taking services without consent is also theft. And it is well established in the U.S.C that copyright infringement is a form of theft.

Next please?

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