Tuesday, June 28, 2005

OT: Court Ruling Against Copyright Infringement

Just a small note:

A recent court ruling allows publishers to sue both copyright infringers and the makers of software who deliberately condone copyright infringement.

Some exerpts: http://www.newsobserver.com/24hour/technology/story/2514744p-10883045c.html

But NOTE: The language used is consistent by the court: copyright infringement. The court knows what it is saying. Nowhere does the ruling mention "stealing", "theft", or "piracy".

Yet just look at the news articles covering the event, example: http://www.newsobserver.com/24hour/technology/story/2514744p-10881652c.html

Why is this a problem? It is like calling someone who steals a "murderer". Or someone who reads adult literature a "rapist". The moral category is so vastly different that there is no real correlation.

Please stop calling copyright-infringement "piracy" and "theft".

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