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Copyright is Theft

I have already shown that copyright is not morally justified. I have also shown that copyright is not in the common good. Earlier I showed that it was only permissible for the government to take from individuals or organizations if something were in the common good. Since copyright is an instance of taking that is not in the common good, copyright is theft. When you buy something such as a CD from...

When Taking is Not Stealing

So far, I have discussed the nature of ownership and the justifications for ownership. I had mentioned before that understanding these objections would enable one to understand exactly when taking is permissible. Taking is permissible under two general circumstances. All of these circumstances are ones in which that is the only way to preserve the same things that justify ownership. The two genera...

Ownership and Theft

We know that stealing is wrong. We also know that individuals can own things. But is taking from someone always stealing? If not, then when is it stealing? Clarification of these issues is necessary to further understand the nature of ownership. Taking is not always stealing. Sometimes, taking what belongs to another is morally permissible. This means that no one has an absolute right to property....

What is Ownership?

I recently got into an argument in which I declared that copyright laws were theft. If true, then sharing your CD’ s, books and movies with other people is perfectly fine no matter how many copies you make. If false, then ” sharing” may not be sharing at all. Before those sorts of issues can be discussed, one needs to define the basic terms of discussion. The most fundamental ter...