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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pantheraleo
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2007-03-07

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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