EDITORIAL- 30/4/2009: PIRACY IS STILL THEFT
With Somalian pirates going gangbusters on the gangplanks of modern cargo
ships and Swedish Pirate Bay movie and music site found guilty of online piracy
all crowding the news, it’s a little unnerving to think that the romanticised
notion of buccaneering pirates is being used to bolster the image of thieves.
Piracy is theft, even on the internet, I maintain. By Andrew L. Urban.
If the Swedish cowboys who were tried for their massive money making piracy
could just take their heads out of their own bums for a minute, they might hear
what the world is telling them: you’re thieves.
Imagine if their mums formed a collective and baked loaves of bread to sell to
their community and I strolled up and took a dozen or three without paying,
handing them out to family and friends. And then I went back and did it again,
day after day, week after week. I do not buy the argument that things are
different because on the internet. Morality doesn’t change with technology;
technology should improve not destroy the value of creative enterprise.
And by the way, our friends at Screen Hub might wish to clarify their comment in
last Friday’s edition, when writing about the Swedish case thus: “This line from
IMDB News left us gasping – “Lawyers for the four men convicted in the Pirate
Bay case in Sweden said . . . that they will demand a retrial following
revelations that the judge had been a member of three copyright-protection
organizations.” He said it didn’t affect his judgement, but even the Swedish
Director of Public Prosecutions had to admit it was not a good look.”
How is this a bad look? Copyright protection organisations are supporting the
rule of law, are they not? Judges are also members of professional legal
organisations and that doesn’t disqualify them from passing sentence on
criminals. They are SUPPOSED to be biased in favour of the law.
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