Use the Source/Theft or Copying

Theft - The crime of taking someone else's property without consent, so as to deny the owner their property.

Copyright Infringement - The unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Corporations and special interest groups working for corporations have for years been fighting the online duplication of digital media by calling it stealing, yet stealing requires the deprivation of property, while duplication is only violation of a copyright holder's rights.

Get into the Betamax case a little, mention the levy on recordable media in Canada - harddrives, flash, CDs and DVDs, compare the situation in Canada to the United States of America, discuss the content providers push in Canada to change the system to one more similar to the United States of America and talk about how code lines up in all this.

Last modified on 30 July 2006, at 18:01