[LINK] Copyright Infringement as Stealing: Pfft!

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Tue Oct 28 02:21:07 EST 2008

So, by definition, "identity theft" doesn't exist either?  I'm sure all of
those that have had their identity "stolen" will be glad to hear that!


On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 4:01 AM, Brendan Scott
<brendansweb at optusnet.com.au>wrote:

> Copyright Infringement as Stealing: Pfft!
> http://brendanscott.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/copyright-infringement-as-stealing-pfft/
> Summary
> Infringement does not appear to fit the meaning of stealing or theft
> because an infringement does not involve either a taking or a deprivation.
>  Further, intangible rights seem almost impossible to steal by definition.
>  To use the infringement-as-stealing meme demonstrates something of a lack
> of respect for language and consequently a lack of respect for the people to
> whom you are speaking.
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