Sylver - 8:22 am on Apr 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
@Graeme: No, I claim that there is $1,000 worth of materials inside a car. Since we have already established that piracy apologists recognize no value in the time, effort and skills involved in writing an eBook, I don't see why you should grant any value to the time, effort and skills involved in producing a car.
Lots of parts, sure, but the only thing that distinguishes them from the raw materials is the work that people put in. Ignore the work, and you can go back to raw costs.
And if you want, using this ridiculous logic that work isn't valuable, you can even abstract it further and say that materials just come from the ground and are free too. After all, mining is just work, and it's already done, so why count it?
The real value of most things comes from the work and skill involved. In the case of digital goods, the work and skill happens mostly upfront, while with physical goods, the work is more evenly spread over the life time of the products.
Does it make it more right to pirate eBooks?
Sure, building a car involves more work than writing an eBook, but on the other end, I have never seen an eBook sold for $50k.
What is valuable is the work and the skill involved. Are you arguing that it's OK to steal when most of the work has been done upfront?