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Copyright infringement is not theft

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Published by automaton, July 28, 2005, 10:19 am GMT
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1) PREMISE:   
An individual commits copyright infringement if he/she downloads a copyrighted song without rendering payment to the copyright holder, unless express permission was given.

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2) PREMISE:   
Downloading a song does not remove it from the uploader's possession, nor from the possession of the copyright holder, or anyone else.

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3) PREMISE:   
Generally, an act is considered theft if it contains the two components of unauthorized taking or use, and intent to deprive the rightful owner of use.

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4) FROM 1,2 AND 3 IT FOLLOWS THAT:   
Copyright infringement is not necessarily a form of theft. In particular, the unauthorized copying of digital media or data is not a form of theft.

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