Been doing a lot of ethical reasoning lately on the subject of piracy... While most discussions of piracy are superficial and unsatisfying (most often semantic games about whether piracy is theft), it's actually a very deep and perplexing issue. It raises very difficult questions, and presents some profound dilemmas concerning the future of the internet, civil rights, the entertainment industry, and even some deeper philosophical questions. I'll be doing some personal research on these more interesting matters, and following up with more posts this coming week.
But first, the question I have for you is this:
Is piracy morally permissible?
That is, whether or not it's legal. Whether or not it's technically theft.