On Sunday 10 February 2013 11:10:17 Fons Adriaensen wrote:
The thing is, the changes that I have seen in my lifetime have only served to
make the situation worse. And I don't see much force being applied to make
the situatin better.
No, those who call copyright violations stealing are trying to redefine the
If someone approaches you in the street and bashes your face in with a bat,
permanently disfiguring you, he does not get charged before the courts
for "stealing" your good looks. There is another crime he is charged with.
If making unauthorized copies was clearly theft, we would not need copyright
law in the first place. People making such copies would be simply charged
with stealing just like those who pickpocket you would be.
When I say this, I am not trying to say it is right or wrong, that is a
different argument. I am saying it is not theft. Just as I would say it is
not assault and battery if someone called it that. Nor is it murder should
someone call it that. It is violating copyright, not those other things.
First, let's call it what it is. Then let's discuss if it is morally right or
> And stating that an author who publishes his work
So you tell a joke at work. Do you really think you have some inherent power
to stop that joke from being retold?
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