What's not black or white? Do I really need to back up the fact every time someone downloads a book from a torrent, the author copyright was infringed? Or that every time someone downloads a song, the authors rights were infringed?
Give me a break. Torrent search engines are all to eager to provide you all you need in order to exchange this type of material. From their search engine facilities that allow you to search for books, software, music, video, to their user comments features, to their submission mechanisms.
I own a bookstore. You have any idea what it means to hear "I can get that from the web"? I need no convincing you. I know copyrights are being shredded to pieces all over the internet. The very nature of the medium makes it very hard to protect your rights. But that doesn't doesn't mean they don't exist here.
It only means, under the cover of our privacy rights, we can steal.
Originally Posted by brewbuck:
Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.
I would like to add that I can see an exception to a copyright infringe rule.
If I would purchase something, but the delivery time is 2 weeks, then I see no harm in downloading said item and using in the meantime until the physical item is delivered (seeing as how I did pay for the item).
Similarly, though it may be copyright infringement, I see no harm in downloading copyrighted stuff you already own. Own a music CD? Feel free to download the songs it contains (this is illegal under most laws). Own a game (whether it be a PC game or console game), feel free to download it, as well. You have purchased the said item, after all.
But the RIAA would destroy this, as many other things, as well.
It depends on the license of the book and the song.Do I really need to back up the fact every time someone downloads a book from a torrent, the author copyright was infringed? Or that every time someone downloads a song, the authors rights were infringed?
Now, although as a technology torrents have nothing to do with piracy, the situation surrounding some of the common illegal uses of this technology makes this a sensitive legal issue. Consequently, I am closing this thread and removing references to websites that have strong associations with these illegal activities.