Lapizuli - 1:10 am on Apr 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
You can't do illegal things in anticipation of future laws.
Of course. It's the responsibility of any content creator or distributor to understand and abide by the current laws.
However, law and ethics, while related, are not synonymous. Stealing intellectual property is illegal and should not be done. But I have trouble thinking of it as necessarily unethical in today's climate, when there are so many new realities (not least of which is the lack of a centralized, authoritative body of certification of IP that can keep up with the pace, range, and scale of creation and distribution) that make an ethical decision tricky to navigate. I sometimes find even the legal ground tricky to navigate, personally...I mean, isn't being able to quantify damages part of the old model? As suggested above, how can you do this when the data is ephemeral and chaotic?