incrediBILL - 1:50 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Stealing a car is nothing like making a copy of a car. If you could just "copy" a car as easily as you can copy an e-book then would you still put the same value on cars? Would you still be willing to pay thousands for something that can be copied for less then $0.01?
Research companies put out reports that cost many hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase.
The value isn't in the medium where it only cost $1 for the duplicate CD, the value is the content of the research itself that took many hundreds or thousands of man hours to compile thus defining it's value.
Amazing how people that pay for those reports costing thousands of dollars tend not to pirate them just so their competitors can't get them for free either.