Originally Posted by Ninjalawyer
So, what are you out if someone takes software you wrote without paying for it? I guess you're not able to sell it to anyone else because it's been stolen.
These arguments always break down into tiresome squabbling about analogies, and usually the analogies only work for tangible goods rather than infinite goods.
The best analogy, really, is theft of cable services. Something similar to piracy in that the product is intangible and potentially infinite, and there is no guarantee that the person stealing it would have paid for it. But states have had no difficulty calling this "theft" for quite some time, and there aren't a lot of people who feel that you should be able to get cable for free.