True, However libraries have a _special_ exemption *in*law*, for making
copies for 'somebody else'.
[[.. munch ..]]
It can be argued that the person making the 'unauthorized' copy is "in
possession" of the "intellectual property" of the copyright owner. Without
the consent/permission of said owner. And/or that they have deprived the
copyright owner of the "rightful" revenues that they would have received
*if* the infringer had purchased a "legal" copy.
While the _legal_ definition of "theft" may not be satisfied by the above,
either line of reasoning *is* in line with "common usage" interpretation
On a strictly legal basis, I suspect that "possession of stolen property,
knowing it to be stolen" _could_ be used against a party who knowingly
makes an 'unauthorized copy'.
Recent changes to copyright law provide for _criminal_ charges, as well as
The action of "publishing" those unauthorized copies in a public forum
_does_ constitute the basis for a _criminal_ filing.
I think th e Possession statute would apply more to those who d/l
the files rather than the publisherer. How ever, since it is done
over a medium that spans international spaces and the violations
are ongoing, maybe the RICO laws could be applied. I guess we'll
have to see what Gordon and his people can come up with.
Dave in Fairfax
Just because people do things wrong does not excuse wrong behavior. Illegal
is illegal. Morally wrong (although a much more messy thing to define) is
morally wrong. The wrong things are still wrong even though other people
may do other things wrong. Boy - that's just about a profound sentence,
isn't it? The fact is that is is equally proper to call anyone on the
things they are doing wrong, and to be called on the things we each do
wrong. Failure to provide that degree of accountability within a society
I must have missed something because I haven't seen anyone condoning any
That's fair to the extent that it should keep each person from getting up on
a white horse, but not to the extent that it causes people to overlook
wrongdoings. It's one thing to suggest one should not become judgmental of
others, it's another thing completely to suggest that people should not call
illegal activities for what they are.
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