Tired of hearing copyright infringement called “theft” by all sort of people in the content industries? James Murdoch of News Corp is just the latest in a long line of industry shills who favour this wrong-headed argument. I could write a long retort to that statement, but I will simply reproduce a comment from The Guardian that explains why this argument is wrong better than any long essay ever could:
“Copyright infringement is not theft.
If I make an exact copy of a handbag, I haven’t stolen the handbag.
If I make an exact copy of a twat, I haven’t stolen James Murdoch.”
I bow my head in awe.