"When talking about piracy the entertainment industry and politicians often use the term “theft.” This is a huge problem according to the Swedish sociologist of law Stefan Larsson. In his thesis “Metaphors and Norms – Understanding Copyright Law in a Digital Society,” he explains that these metaphors are in part keeping the wide gap between people’s norms and the law intact." [http://torrentfreak.com/piracy-is-not-theft-111104/]
Most of us download (illegal) stuff from the internet; from movies to games to software to music. Are we really stealing them by doing that or is it just sharing as people say? I for one have yet to make up my mind about it. The lawyer in the article mentions the "gap between law and what people see, feel and experience in real life is a problem". The laws pre-digital era aren't applicable to this digital age. That, I agree with.
If you follow the news you'll come across a few people (in the US) who had been heavily fined for every music/movie they had downloaded - which doesn't do much to change people's attitudes. Correct me if I'm wrong but for us Pakistanis, copyrighted material seems to be readily available at ever street corner for a .
Do you think there's a workaround to this? What would it take to get us (or just yourself) to purchase original movies, music, games, etc rather than the pirated ones?