I think we need to move back for a bit before we say stuff like this. Why does this qualify as stealing again? Stealing is taking something and pretty much leaving a hole in its place. In other words, something is lost.
However, the issue raised by the rise of computer copying is that it’s no longer the case. You can just copy something and the thing being lost… well, it won’t be. :shrug:
Now I’ve heard arguments that pretty much revolve around the rationale that while the product itself is not gone, the profit due to it may be lost.
Here’s the problem I see now. From where do you draw profit? Customers basically right? But which customers? The ones in your area? Are you planning on selling across states? Are you going for the global market?
Unfortunately, even if you go global there will still be places where your products won’t be accessible as far as “legal” accessibility is concerned. Hence, you don’t bother trying to sell there. You stick to places where you’ll get the most buyers. Hence, you’re not “in range”.
In comes the question, how can you “steal” profit when the profit itself was not there? Would you really care if some guy in, for instance, the Himalayas downloaded your song for free while you’re earning fat bucks from the many buyers you have at the local level? I mean what’s that one guy’s money to you compared to the wide range you’ve already covered?
And seriously, not everyone has yet been able to enjoy the benefits of online purchasing. You know if I lived in the U.S., I would more likely be using that technology more often than actually going out to shop because I feel more safe in a place where I can get help in the case of identity theft. It’s not the same in this country. Heck every computer I run into here always has at least two-three suspicious programs infecting it. Simply put, the internet here is not safe.