Marina (2014-06-18 5:51 AM)
Theft is the taking of anehtor's property without their consent.Good thing downloading music doesn't involve "taking" anything, then. To use the example of a bike, it's analogous to using a universal fabricator to create an exact duplicate of someone else's bike. In the end, the original possessor has a bike, and you have a bike. Likewise with downloading music. To quote :If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. The "light" analogy is also a good one. :I, for one, am glad to see justice finally served. I mean, think about it. You go through all the work to create a fire, and someone comes up to your fire and pokes a stick in it. They can then walk away, having stolen your fire, and use it for anything. Say they use it to light the ore smelter at a metals processing plant. They'd be making millions off of your fire without having to give you a DIME!Such a "copyfire" would meet the that PC has approvingly linked to in the past. If such a thing were implemented, PC, would it be a legitimate form of property, and hence would poking a stick in someone else's campfire constitute "stealing" their fire?