Originally Posted by Ninjalawyer
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.
Copyright deals with the right to reproduce a work, rather than the right to lend or resell a work. The issue is that we are now dealing with technologies that creates a copy of a work in the process of transferring it. Unfortunately, this has allowed rights holders to interpret copyright in ways that would have been considered as inexcusable in the past.
The problem isn't so much copyright as how rights holders are abusing copyright to sway the old balance into their (almost exclusive) favour.