Why AFACT is wrong (and always will be)

Copyright lobbyists love to use words like ‘stealing’ and ‘piracy’ to describe sharing copyrighted materials online. ‘Theft’ is another word commonly applied by these copyright protectionists to what is already a widespread practice. The expression ‘copyright theft’ is a paradox: it is impossible to take away a person’s right to copy information or ideas. ‘Theft’ is used to misinform the public, media and, most importantly, lawmakers, in order to outlaw what many see as perfectly normal behaviour.

We are taught from a very early age to share, and in the Information Age, where sharing information, ideas and culture is incredibly easy, it is only natural for people to continue to do so.

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Christians & Copyright

There is a certain view that a belief in Christianity and a belief in the copyright reform/Pirate Party movement are mutually exclusive. While many Christians are guilty of low-level copyright infringement, it is rare that any will openly admit that they disagree with non-commercial copyright infringement being a crime. Copyright infringement is, after all, stealing, is it not? And stealing is a sin, according to the Ten Commandments. Many who profess themselves to be Christians are strict enforcers of their own copyrights: writers and musicians (or their representatives) frequently take action against those who infringe, regardless of faith or lack thereof, as demonstrated by the following story:

We had a visitor at our church the other night. Perhaps this man has visited your church as well. When one of our ushers greeted him before the service and inquired as to this man’s line of work, he would only say that he “travelled a lot.” He sat through the entire service, THEN revealed that he had attended only to observe our church for possible violations of the copyright law.

Jack Decker.

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The Internet is ours.

For many it’s a hard concept to grasp, and for others it’s something to be afraid of. The Internet is a marketplace, it’s a cultural phenomenon, it’s a library, it’s a video depository. The power of the internet is almost limitless. It breaks down barriers of communication, opens new channels of communications, allows you to embark upon new and exciting projects with people from all over the world. It’s big. And it’s been big for a while. But the single characteristic that makes the internet stand out from most human endeavors is that it’s ours.

We make the rules.

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