More on manuals plus rescue

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Thu Aug 20 13:21:34 CDT 2015

> On Aug 20, 2015, at 1:40 PM, Mouse <mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG> wrote:
>> If someone sells property he owns, you have a choice: you can spend your mon$
> True.  Also irrelvant; those "selling" PDFs are not selling their
> property, and the ways in which those selling papers manuals are are
> not relevant to this discussion.  Nor does the making or distribution
> of unauthorized copies constitute stealing.
> Copyright violation is not theft.  (That doesn't make it OK.  I just
> get so sick of people tossing around emotionally loaded words like
> "theft" and "stealing" when discussing copyright violation I feel it
> incumbent on me to point out that they are not accurate.)
> The PDF "sellers" are not selling their property; they are selling
> right-to-copy.  The paper manual sellers _are_ selling their property,
> the physical artifacts, but the discussion has been about copyright,
> and they too are not selling their intellectual property, only the
> instantiation of a copy of it and the accompanying right to that copy.

But in each case, the seller is selling something of value (an object or a right) in exchange for a consideration (such as money).  Copyright infringement may not steal the object, but it certainly steals the consideration.


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