quote: I am not defending the SOPA act. I think it is a disaster. But defending "file sharing" simply because you do not resell the item you "shared" seems to be rationalization of something illegal.
quote: PIRACY, torts. By piracy is understood the plagiarisms of a book, engraving or other work, for which a copyright has been taken out. 2. When a piracy has been made of such a work, an injunction will be granted. 5 Ves. 709; 4 Ves. 681; 12 Ves. 270. Vide copyright. PIRATE. A sea robber, who, to enrich himself by subtlety or open force, setteth upon merchants and others trading by sea, despoiling them of their loading, and sometimes bereaving them of life and, sinking their ships; Ridley's View of the Civ. and Ecc. Law, part 2, c. 1, s. 8; or more generally one guilty of the crime of piracy. Merl. Repert. h. t. See, for the etymology of this word, Bac. Ab. Piracy
quote: Sharing media containing illegal copies or copies you are not licensed to distribute is piracy by legal definition.
quote: Distribution needs to be clarified as meaning "intent to sell".
quote: No. No it doesn't. There's a reason that the intent to distribute charge sticks to drug dealers. They don't have a "I wasn't planning on selling it, I was helping addicts with their habit by giving it away for free." defense.
quote: You will note that in the legal definition there is nothing said about distribution.Plagiarising (legal term for copying a work) is sufficient to be defined as a pirate.
quote: A definition of 'distribution' from the Merriam Webster dictionary. You will note that payment is not required. Only the disbursement of the portions being distributed. However distribution is not piracy. It is an added charge that can be used to increase the penalty. As a distinct legal term it seems to only show up in inheritance law where it describes how the estate is given to the inheritors.
quote: Sharing is not copying. P2P creates a copy of the media to share. Yes, you're allowed to lend your friends a music CD that you paid for. No, you're not allowed to burn a copy of it and give it to them.
quote: I don't really understand why you think that just because it's easy to do, and you don't see the people it hurts, that that makes it moral. I don't understand why anyone who disagrees with you is "brainwashed".
quote: Please, oh please, show me a link to some concrete evidence of people being "hurt" by FILE SHARING. I would love to see this...because even the FBI could not substantiate any claims relating to the claimed "damages". Maybe you'll 1UP the FBI and prove us all wrong...and while you're at it, why don't you go and explore how many companies went from zero to hero thanks to the massive market share they gained by having people share their software. You may have heard of this little old OS called Windows...
quote: (Jim Lawless)Did piracy ever visibly affect your sales?(Don French) Of course. Whenever it is possible to get free copies of software, people do. I found very little regard for the rights of software companies or programmers among the computer using public. I knew people who were leaders in their community, deans in the church and the like, and who were among the most honest upright citizens you could find anywhere. Yet they had no compunctions about making illegal copies of software. It is extremely rare to find someone who won't copy software if they can. Remember when shareware was really that? You could keep and use the program and were asked to pay for it if you like it, all on the honor system? I have spoken with a number of shareware authors who tried this and never got a dime from the thousands of downloads of their program. In fact, I tried this with Problematic. Thousands of downloads, not a dime of revenue. People won't pay if they don't have to. Almost no exceptions. Some Commodore journalist once told me that French Silk (the assembler) had a huge cult following on the East Coast. I was very surprised to hear that because by that time I had sold very few.(Jim Lawless)Did you make transitions into computer markets other than the 8-bit Commodore line? ( Apple? Amiga? )(Don French) No. As I said above, I got tired of the rat race and all the rats I had to deal with and just jumped ship in 1986.
quote: .and while you're at it, why don't you go and explore how many companies went from zero to hero thanks to the massive market share they gained by having people share their software. You may have heard of this little old OS called Windows...
quote: PIRACY, torts. By piracy is understood the plagiarisms of a book, engraving or other work, for which a copyright has been taken out.
quote: dis·tri·bu·tion (dstr-byshn)n.1. The act of distributing or the condition of being distributed; apportionment.2. Something distributed; an allotment.3. The act of dispersing or the condition of being dispersed; diffusion.4.a. The geographic occurrence or range of an organism.b. The geographic occurrence or range of a custom, usage, or other feature.5. Division into categories; classification.6. The process of marketing and supplying goods, especially to retailers.7. A spatial or temporal array of objects or events: the distribution of theaters on Broadway.8. Law The division of an estate or property among rightful heirs.9. Statistics A set of numbers and their frequency of occurrence collected from measurements over a statistical population.10. Mathematics A generalized function used in the study of partial differential equations.