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Mark Suszko
Re: Is bootlegging really so bad?
on May 9, 2013 at 3:56:52 pm

I think the question could be simplified to:

If someone does something you think is immoral, does that give you some kind of "permission" to also do immoral things? If you see, or believe, someone is stealing, does that excuse you from guilt for stealing something yourself?

I'm not convinced that trying to re-frame or re-define "stealing" as "harmless copying" has any moral weight. And more to the point, neither are the courts.

Two wrongs still don't add up to a right. And I think this holds true whether you are an atheist or not.
The only defense I can think of is if the "wrong" serves some greater good. Piracy on the excuse that the victims can afford the parasitism doesn't strike me as all that noble an argument.


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