On May 16, 2006, at 11:25 AM, Phil Hagelberg wrote:

> Keith Lancaster <klancaster1957 / gmail.com> writes:
>
>> I cannot afford a Mercedes. I therefore have no plans to buy one.  
>> Should
>> I steal one? After all, nobody really gets hurt, do they?
>
> I know you mean well, but it really bothers me when I see copyright
> infringement equivocated with theft. It's not the same thing. It's bad
> in this case, and it's *totally illegal*. Shouldn't that be enough of
> a reason?

Are you arguing that the word 'theft' is reserved to describe the  
misappropriation of tangible goods and therefore doesn't apply to  
copyright infringement or are you trying to say that there is some  
ethical difference between the two situations?  I'm confused.


Gary Wright