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[d@DCC] Need feedback on idea: If copyright infringement is "theft", then what is adoption?

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 13:16:04 -0400 (EDT)

   In a conversation with someone while I was in Winnipeg I blurted out an 
emotional response to the "theft is theft" argument.

It went something like this: Suggesting that copying something without 
paying for it is "theft" is like suggesting that a couple capable of 
having children deciding to adopt instead is "murder".  We need to get 
past these harmful over-simplifications to understand and protect all 
options available to creators and parents, and to not suggest that any 
alternative to the most popular option is somehow harmful.


   While I still believe in hindsight that my analogy is appropriate, I 
have the sense that some would think it is over-the-top.  It was in the 
context of a conversation with someone that had already expressed their 
"pro choice" views where it comes to the "abortion" / "family planning" 
debate.

   What do other people feel?

   I was about to add this exchange to my post-event summary, and then 
wondered if this was a good idea.  http://www.flora.ca/oc2005/

-- 
  Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
  2111+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
  Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change...
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