Question. I’ve learned that the Church teaches that one should respect the law and to break a law willingly is a sin as long as the law itself is not against one’s conscience, law, divine, law and what is moral etc.
So to willingly use illegal substances is seen as a sin in regard to law. Software piracy is also a sin, as it is against the law and is seen as a form of stealing.
Now here is my question.
There is a TV Show A. Tom loves this show and draws fanart of the show. He posts this on his blog to share his art. However any drawings of copyrighted characters from the show technically makes it illegal even if there is no profit etc.
Now Bob also loves this show very much. And so, he goes to Google Images and finds this fanart picture. He sets it as his wallpaper. I assume to use an illegal picture as a wallpaper (and being in possession of a virtual copy) is illegal. In this case, has this person committed a sin?
Also the show has also led to the creation of fan-music and remixes. I love the music, and this person sells music for a dollar per song etc. I buy the songs from the user. Is this a sin as well? In this case I feel as though it’s a very grey area, as some music is only related to the show from claim of inspiration from the composer (such as orchestral music).
Or how about in the case of remixes using samples from the show. Technically it’s illegal, but there have been a case where the composer from the show itself has worked on a song with one of the fans. Even the people working on the show support and love the fan-made content in the community. Even so, from a standpoint of law, it is illegal I assume?
So my question is in regards to…
- fanmade art for wallpapers
- fanmade music and remixes which is bought or is for free from the community.
Are they sins to download fanmade art and music?