On the defense of rational debate
Posted Aug 25, 2005 23:05 UTC (Thu) by bignose
Parent article: On the defense of piracy enablers
Please, can we stop playing into the hands of the "intellectual property" cartel with use of the word "piracy" to mean something it's not.
Piracy is a terrible crime: attacking ships on the open sea, doing violence against those on board and robbing them. It is a morally reprehensible crime, with little possible defense.
Copyright infringement is a far lesser crime: no violence is done, no property is stolen. It is far less clear how morally culpable (as opposed to legally culpable) a person guilty of copyright infringement is.
Please stop promoting the conflation of the two terms; it only defeats rational debate on the topic. To mis-use "piracy" to refer to copyright infringement pre-supposes a moral equivalence of the crimes that is completely unjustified, and only helps those who want extreme measures enforced.
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