Originally Posted by elcreative
In your second example, the keeping of a copy is the problem... if you buy a book, read it and give it to someone then no problem but giving and retaining a copy is both ethically wrong and a copyright infringement either civilly or criminally illegal depending on local laws...
Are you agreeing with pdurrant that it is OK to buy and copy the book for yourself, but only if you keep the book (or, presumably, bin it)?
Secondly, what about the innocent donee? Is it OK for him to copy the book?