there was a quote from an old folkie like woody guthrie, something like: "if you steal my horse i can't ride but if you steal my song i can still sing it." On Jan 10, 2006, at 11:25 AM, mech wrote: > I can't stand the analogy record companies use to compare file > sharing to, say, shoplifting -- most of all, because it's faulty. > Outright stealing not only transfers goods to the thief that they > did not otherwise have, but also *it removes the item from the > marketplace and any hope of future purchase*. This metaphor would > only be true if you downloaded the file, then erased it from the > server on your way out the door. > > Digital files, it theory, can be copied an infinite number of > times. So, I usually use the analogy that illegal file sharing is > like copying somebody else's homework. Yes, you're getting > something you didn't "pay for", but you're not depriving the > original copy from the ability to fulfill its primary function.