owen at delong.com
Fri Jan 20 05:05:47 CST 2012
On Jan 20, 2012, at 2:25 AM, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> Mark Andrews <marka at isc.org> wrote:
>> I suspect most file sharing site don't have illegal content. Most
>> would have some content that is there without the permission of the
>> copyright holder. These are different things.
> "Without the permission of the copyright holder" _is_ contrary to
> statute, and thus 'against the law'. As such 'illegal' is _not_
> an incorrect term to apply to the situation.
> It may not be a _criminal_ violation, but it is still proscribed by law.
> "Illegal" and "criminal" -- _these_ are different things.
> Junk faxing is illegal, Telemarketing calls to cell phones are illegal,
> Public distribution without the permission of the copyright owner is
> Except in special cases, none of those actions are _criminal_, but
> they are all violations of law, and thus _illegal_.
Actually, they are all criminal violations. They may be infractions, or, they
may not often get prosecuted, but, each is, in fact, a criminal violation.
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