Yes, however, concepts are just that, concepts. Theft, by definition, which seems to include the legal one, tells us that theft is depriving someone of "a thing".
I have 'X'. Someone stole my 'X'. My 'X' is now gone. The taking of 'X' is theft.
The copying of 'X' can not be theft under the current legal standard. The state of copyright today is, on the other hand, theft, as the public does not have "the thing" nor will they ever have "the thing" as long as maximalists X-Z continue to get their way.
I just looked up three. I get the impression that none of them will be what you'd like them to be.
n. the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use (including potential sale). In many states, if the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is "petty theft," but it is "grand theft" for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor, or felony, respectively. Theft is synonymous with "larceny." Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments. (See: larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement)
I understand the argument but I think it's quite a stretch.
When asked to point to the person in the room that I saw commit the crime I speak with my finger.
I can sign.
A fingerprint in this application is speaking. You telling your phone to unlock is no different speaking your mind - with your voice, your finger, your face, your pin or any other mechanism requiring your person or parts thereof.
The act of unlocking the thing is speaking. In this case, or others like it, this is potentially self-incriminating speech by any reasonable standard, imo.
1) The police can shoot you and kill you because of the idea of a weapon. Emphasis on idea.
2) There is this weird penchant where our armed and dangerous branches believe addressing a problem is the same as addressing a symptom.
3) Can someone tell me how equipping police to have a, far and away, superior tactical advantage over the policed does not threaten human and civil rights at every imaginable level at any imaginable moment? I can't legally purchase the same level of protection. As a bonus, these guys are practically immune to the legal system. They think they are the system.
4) Why do police believe themselves to be bosses? Non-compliance seems to be roughly equivalent to a death sentence. Or justification for near-death beatings, in the very least.
5) Empowering the powerful can only end badly. Empowering arrogant authority only hastens us towards that ending.
6) elif: From whence does this "authority" come?
7) True policemen are rare. Too rare.
I've always been afraid of the police, always. I think it's innate. I think we're doing it wrong. I think it's getting worse. And please, for fuck's sake, try not to fire until you can at least see a gun. Stop using the pussy excuse for being a thug criminal - equal, in every way, to any other.
I'm all but completely convinced our "choice" of president has become a joke on us.
National Security means You get the government we say you'll get and it matters fuck-all who happens to be president.
Those executive departments that are armed and informed rule. That threshold has been crossed. Accountability? Accounted for. Status: none.
The Constitution is effectively trumped - why not the rest of us?
100 mile borders. Secret law. Unjust mass incarceration. Bullshit wars. Secret lists. Corporate financed law. Order by intimidation, threat and ignorance. Our "moral high ground" is an inverted hole filled with a mix of mud, salt, blood and shit.
Election.. pfft. whatthefuckever.
Oh, I know, lets marginalize everyone holding up two, big, fuck you fingers, one each for blue and red.
Like our presidential candidates represent a choice, or something.