Originally Posted by JoeD
No, it's still wrong because they're still not legal tender. It can be 100% identical, but unless they're authorised by the mint, they're not legal tender and at some point someone will be screwed over when serial numbers are found to be duplicates. Even if you assume they somehow manage to also grab a set of unique serials, you're still potentially flooding the market with more money than should exist.
The money comparison makes me think that ebook file sharing (or any file sharing) is simply the "consumers'" answer to modern trading practices of financial institutes around the world. Check out Michel DeCerteau for some insight into "consumer tactics"...
When those are allowed to create something out of nothing, why shouldn't they?