Originally Posted by Andrew H.
Likewise, a way to change the public's attitude to copyright infringement is to claim that it isn't theft. Perhaps to describe it with an innocuous term like "sharing."
No. The correct way is not to pander, mislead or condescend but to explain clearly and unemotionally what copyright infringement is and what it is not, what the costs are and to have a proper discussion about the concept of copyright in a digital era.
A lot of these problems have arisen because the content distributors simply do not want to reconsider their business model in the light of such massive technological and cultural change. NetFlix and such one charge, unlimited content services are the future of electronic content but the big companies are extremely resistant to applying this simple idea more widely. Digital distribution should be about services not content.
Threats and draconian actions will not help.
This is a good article in the New York Times by a law professor about the difference between theft and copying: