Also: researching this article turned my search history into something my wife would view very suspiciously indeed, as it now gives every appearance that I've spent a great deal of time attempting to narrow down exactly how much porn I can enjoy before erectile dysfunction sets in.
Wait a second. So in this case, taking a digital file or image is stealing but taking a musical digital file from an artist or record label isn't stealing?
I'm pretty sure the double standard in effect at techdirt is that if it's personal and digital it can be stolen, but if it's commercial and digital it can't be.
Are you unfamiliar with direct quotes? Because the blockquote formatting (along with the italics) indicate the block of text you're both referring to came from an article WRITTEN BY A NON-TECHDIRT WRITER AT ANOTHER SITE THAT ISN'T TECHDIRT.
So, no one here said anything was stolen. Not only are your high horses horribly undersized, but they're also dangerously stupid.
There's some anecdotal evidence out there suggesting most people don't read all the way to the end of an article as well as a supposed groundswell of commenters demanding the option to delete their previous comments, but I really haven't seen enough hard data that confirms either of these.
In this context (and this context means the surrounding tweets before the account was yanked -- which included hanging out with hookers and consuming copious amounts of drugs), "trill" basically means "keeping it real." Which, of course, requires more context...