So stealing is not benefiting off others if you just give it away? What a bunch of bullshit.
You wouldn't mind if I stole everything in your hou8se and gave it away then?
And comparing this to Robin hood or Long John Silver is hilarious. Robin Hood stole from a corrupt government that usurped the crown.
You criminals steal from average joes who work hard to their money when they program games. Try and rationalize, but you are no Robin Hoods, you are the average criminal that tries to rationalize.
Calling theft as freedom of information is why I'm glad that governments are starting to come down on criminals. The only thing you are doing here is stealing things. You would not like it if something passed your things around without permission obviously.
I've been reading along and enjoying the discussion, but did not really want to get involved in such a negative thread. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the issue of Piracy. I've switch majors from Classical Studies to Computer Science, and I understand the need for copyright laws. But I can also open my eyes to the evidence before me and see a very real need for an overhaul of the current copyright system. It's simply not working.
Then I read the above, and I felt a strong urge to play Devil's Advocate opposite DarkKnight.
First off--what theft? What stealing? Your analogy is flawed by the simple fact that no theft has taken place. I'm not merely playing with semantics, here, as under American law, piracy is not theft, but copyright infringement.
If you came to my home, made duplicates of everything I owned, and gave those away for free, I think I might be a little uncomfortable. Some of my things have a lot of sentimental value. I might be mildly embarrassed to see some of those things outside the context of my life, or privacy of my own home. But it wasn't theft.
Robin Hood: So stealing from a corrupt government and/or illegitimate government is fine with you? For future reference, where exactly do you draw the line? I had the impression you were a hard-liner for the rule of law. Theft Is Theft, is it not?
On a personal note, why do write in such an abrasive way? Your posts seemed designed to insult and offend. You are openly rude to people who have haven't acted in such a way to you, before or after. Some one brings up Sarah Palin, and you go off on a very odd and very angry persecution-complex tirade, when no one in this thread had discriminated against you. You throw around a lot of labels, calling the people trying to have a real discussion with you "liberals" and "criminals," and telling them to "get out of their parents basement." You go further to implying that these "criminals" (that is, everyone in this thread and anyone who has ever committed piracy) is no different from murderers and rapists.
I believe, despite their current flaws, copyright laws they have very real merits and a very real purpose. I believe they need their advocates, especially in places like this thread, where people are being exposed to the types of debate that will help shape their opinions on such important legal and social matters. But I don't believe that you are the right person for the role. You're actively insulting and alienating everyone here. You aren't participating in the discussion. You aren't trying to change the way people think, or shore up the arguments of those who are strongly against piracy.
Now that I've posted in this thread, and don't share your opinion, I must be one of those "criminals." I don't appreciate that. I don't appreciate the accusation that I pirate software, and I very much do not appreciate the implication that I am a rapist or murderer.
EDIT: I'd written this before seeing the posts on page 5. I guess people finally grew tired of DarkKnight's insults.