Piracy is Not Theft

Wendy D. Stolyarov
March 10, 2009
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Piracy is Not Theft

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This diagram by artist Wendy D. Stolyarov is an excellent illustration of why the downloading of music and other media from the Internet is not an act of the same status as the theft of tangible property. Tangible property, when it is taken, is no longer in possession of its owner, who can no longer use it. When a work of digital media is copied, however, it does not diminish anyone else’s possession of the copies already in existence. Those individual copies still belong to their owners, who can do with them what they please. Intellectual property laws create artificial scarcity by restricting individuals’ ability to copy works that are freely reproducible due to their technical properties. Feel free to copy and distribute this visual aid as you see fit.

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Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's four-act play, Implied Consent, a futuristic intellectual drama on the sanctity of human life, here.