How to talk about copyright?


Intellectual property theft is a serious problem”

Copying is stealing”


To stigmatize those involved in the act of sharing culture and hence stifle discussion

To suggest that intangible assets are somehow tangible, and infinite resources are somehow finite

To suggest that every single unauthorized copy is a lost sale and lost compensation

To suggest that civil matter of potential license infringement should be handled like a criminal offense


Do not agree to use the terms “stealing” and “theft” in the context of unathorized, non-commercial copying and sharing – we have a more appropriate term for this: unauthorized copying