PMGMT, Feb 11th, 2012 @ 9:18pm, wrote:
"you don't just walk into a record store and grab some CDs off the shelf and walk out because you think you should be able to. unless you do do that kind of thing. which would make you a thief."
Nice try. That's a false argument and I assume you know it.
If you steal something, that something is gone.
Others cannot have access to it because you took it away.
Unless and until the copying of a thing literally removes that thing from circulation for everyone else, it cannot be considered and should not be called theft.
Those who use this kind of false, emotion-laden terminology show only that their goal is misinformation - making everything else they say immediately suspect.
Copying is, at worst, an infringement, entirely because of copyright laws, and in no way harms or disturbs the thing that was copied.
Whether one considers copying to be morally correct or not, copying is simply not theft, regardless of how many laws try and paint it that way.
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