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How is it stealing?.
If watching youtube videos is stealing I guess, watching and recording shows on TV is also stealing. I bet it's also stealing and wrong to borrow your friends dinner jacket, as you should buy your own from the manufacturer, or borrowing movies from the library.
You can't steal intellectual property, it's like saying you are stealing someone thoughts. Unless you actually steal the medium the intellectual property is on, like the DVD, logically it is not stealing. You are not taking anything, nor the rights to anything.
What is illegal/legal does not always correlate with right/wrong.
You certainly can steal intellectual property. An idea belongs to the person who thought it up. It is theirs to profit by. It is not yours to do with as you wish.
A movie supplied on a DVD is supplied to you on license - that license being that you pay for the right to watch it and that you don't distribute or duplicate it because the only license that anyone has to watch it is by doing so using the original DVD. Everything else is prohibited by the owner.
The reason why the owner prohibits it is because they are - quite rightly - due the proceeds to which they are entitled and if people duplicate the DVD and distribute it either via piracy or via the internet to countless other people then the owner does not get the proceeds. And the person who receives this illicit copy, either by obtaining a pirated DVD or by watching an internet duplicate without paying the copyright owner IS committing theft.
Watching an illicitly distributed copyrighted work such as a movie knowingly, or where you suspect that the distribution is illicit, is therefore depriving the rightful recipient the proceeds of their labours. That's theft. It's mortal. There can be no argument about this.