I'm not a lawyer but it sounds like aiding and abeting to me
not quite: carriers in the us or the eu [where the state is a signatory to the relavant treaty, which the uk is] are not responsible for the content passed accross their networks. no matter what criminal activity occurs as a result of the packets that they pass, they are not liable.
techdirt is a partisan news source. it is read by those who want a partisan news source with this bias. if you would prefer a news source with a different or less noticable bias, then i suggest that techdirt is not an appropriate news source for you.
since getting sky plus, none of us have watched an ad. we never watch live tv, only recorded, and we always skip [fast-forward through] the ads. if we want to watch something 'live' we wait until half an hour after it has started, then watch the rocording ad-free.
one type of ad still defeats us though: since we can only fast-forward at human precision, the adverts that are right before each segment of the show tend to get seen, if they're five seconds or less, becuase it's just not worth getting that accurate with the fast-forward buttons.
theft [n] [abs]
the act of unlawfully taking the property of another with intent to permanently deprive the other of such property.
piracy [n] [abs]
taking a seafaring vessel, by force, on the high seas, without the authority of a soverign state.
it is not *possible* to commit software theft or piracy. they simply cannot exist.
when was the last time you heard of a group of merciless armed men overpowering the crew of a piece of software, and sailing it to an unknown port?
When customers buy products is there is an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose [in this case, running a computer]. There is an implied contract that goes a lot like 'we give you an OS, and you give us $'. If the product is unfit for the purpose for which it was provided, the vendor is reneging on its side of the contract, and has to work until it is once again fulfilled.
If you give something away for free, there is no contract of that sort. Therefore, you don't have to do anything. You might get people calling you, but you'd be totally justified telling them to go away.
Transcoding, reformatting, copying and applying rights prohibition are all examples of things which do not change the content.
Digital remastering is actively improving a pieve of music. It's equivalent to retouching and airbrushing a picture in photoshop. What apple is doing is effectively equivalent to resizing, and saving in a propriatery format. It does not change the copyright.