Piracy is not the same as stealing, especially when it is not for profit, and you know it. Go ahead and say it is the same, but it does not change the fact that it is far from it.
Frankly, I am really sick of all the people on OCN (not naming anybody in particular) who are so damn full of themselves, righteous and noble, and constantly preach about the evils of piracy and how you need to pay that $450 for Vista, or $1000+ for Adobe software.
Are you serious? Do you think that you are somehow entitled to the software? Tell me the difference between piracy and stealing. You are obtaining a product without paying for it.
If you take a car without paying you are stealing. If you walk into a bookstore and photocopy the books instead of buying them you are stealing. If you download an Adobe product, which their programmers worked for years to create for the sole purpose of selling it, you are stealing.
|I agree with everything Surrepfun said, except for the part about giving away copies of CDs you bought is OK. Even that is harmless, and you guys know it. The artists do NOT get the money you pay for CDs with. The RIAA does, and they use it to sue dead grandmothers, who had a 4-year old that downloaded a copy of the Barney song.|
I'm sorry, but if there is anybody on here that even remotely supports or agrees with any part of the RIAA/MPAA, then you need your internet service terminated permanently. I am going to REP+ all of Surrepfun's posts; he knows and understands more on this issue than most everybody on OCN collectively, most of whom are zombies to "The Man".
In case you need a refresher
Definitions of stealing on the Web:
larceny: the act of taking something from someone unlawfully;
In the criminal law, theft (also known as stealing) is the illegal taking of another person's property without that person's freely-given consent. ...