• @helenslunch@feddit.nl
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    How are you stealing income if there was no intention to pay the company to begin with?

    Theft does not imply the intention to pay, that’s kinda the whole point.

    Even if there was an intention to buy it, companies aren’t entitled to consumers’ money.

    They are if you take something they created.

    It’s digital data; you’re copying something, leaving the original completely intact.

    I don’t understand what that has to do with anything. You’re copying something someone else created, for the express purpose of generating income, without their permission.

    I don’t know how these justifications can be described as anything other than “mental gymnastics” because they obviously make zero sense and personally benefit you.

    • Refurbished Refurbisher
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      I don’t understand what that has to do with anything. You’re copying something someone else created, for the express purpose of generating income, without their permission.

      Who said anything about generating income off of pirated work?

      Theft does not imply the intention to pay, that’s kinda the whole point.

      The definition of theft according to MW: the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it

      If you do not deprive the original owner of the property (such as: copying), it is not definitionally theft. Legally speaking, it is considered copyright infringement.

      • @helenslunch@feddit.nl
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        Who said anything about generating income off of pirated work?

        No one. The person who did the work did so with the intention of generating income.

        Legally speaking, it is considered copyright infringement.

        Does it really matter? What’s the important differentiation there?

    • Zoolander
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      You hit the nail on the head. That’s why they’re downvoting and arguing. It personally benefits them to steal.

      I’ve said it several times here…I don’t care if people pirate stuff. There are a myriad of reasons to do so. My issue is with the dishonesty of pretending it’s not stealing. Keep doing it, I don’t care, but own up to what you’re doing and admit it’s stealing.

      It’s mental gymnastics because they need to be able to continue stealing but don’t want to feel bad about it.