Record labels' man in Washington (News.com)
Posted Sep 4, 2004 15:33 UTC (Sat) by cpm
Parent article: Record labels' man in Washington (News.com)
When was the concept of piracy coopted by these folks?
I don't understand this. I could imagine that
duplicating something without a license could
be trespass, and I can understand taking something
without a license (permission) could be theft,
I don't understand, and have never understood
where piracy enters. It has mystified me ever
since I first heard it. Piracy being an old
term, and having a pretty specific legal definition
I think. I've always thought it was some kind
of meme, and deception, an attempt to unfairly
Theft is kinda strange to me in this context.
When i was a wee child, theft was kinda understood
as taking something that didn't belong to you.
The real crime being that the rightful owner was
deprived of its use, rather than the ethically dodgy
concept of ill-gotten gain. In order for theft
to have taken place, a party has to loose
something rightfully held to another party
who took it without any compensation taking
If you have candle, and I have a candle, and
yours is lit, and mine isn't and I use
your candle to light mine, even without permission,
I haven't stolen anything, though I may have
committed trespass. If I take your candle
and leave mine (or not), I have committed theft.
Piracy is (was?) taking by force, and usually
involves goods in transit. Like robbery, but
usually on a much larger scale. Hijacking
is piracy, be that a truck or airliner or
ship. Robbing a drugstore at gunpoint is not
How in the heck copying software became piracy
I have no clue.
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