wheel - 11:37 pm on Feb 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
I understand how a person can be annoyed when someone takes something they made for sale and they get it for free.... but it is very important for that person to understand that 99 times out of 100 the people taking those works for free would not have paid for it otherwise.
1 book downloaded for free doesn't equal 1 lost sale. That is a fact.
If 1 of those people who wouldn't buy the book but downloaded the book tells people about how great the book is then people who may not have heard about the book may go out and pay for a copy.
That is completely wrong. It's based around the precept that since they were not going to pay for it, then the creator hasn't lost any revenue, therefore it's OK that they took it. That is not correct.
It's not yours to take. End of story. Doesn't matter if you were going to pay for it or not. It's not 'you get it if you pay for it or not'. It's 'you get it only if you pay for it'. There's laws to this effect and they're their for a reason. It's legally wrong and it's morally wrong.
If the content creator wants to give it away for free, that's their choice. But it's THEIR choice, not the person ignoring copyright.