Originally Posted by tompe
You are still confusing what is moral and what is legal.
Why is piracys illegal?
Why is it wrong?
Are people angry because it is wrong?
Or are they angry because it is illegal?
If downloading books were legal (like it is in Holland) the I assume you think that there are no reason for creators to get angry because people "take something without paying for it" or?
Treating piracy like a moral issue is the reason it won't be stopped. If you assume it's morally wrong, then it's okay for the state to use whatever tools necessary to stamp it out but will ultimately fail at stamping it all out. However, if you treat it like a failure of a business model, then it leaves it to the creators rather than the state to figure it out, and it opens up the possibility of creators coming up with a business model that actually functions alongside their customers' behaviour.
Wesley Verhoeve (founder of Family Records music company) puts it this way:
This is not about morals. This is about smarts. It’s not about being right or wrong. It’s not about rebelling. It’s about a giant shift in consumer behavior and how we as an industry deal with that.
The idea that lending a book is morally okay but finishing a book and then sending your mother the epub file is evil and bad epitomizes this; copying a file doesn't transmigrate the action from good to bad, it's silly to pretend it does for the sake of an argument.