First though, an apology. File sharing is not theft. It has never been theft. Anyone who says it is theft is wrong and has unthinkingly absorbed too many Recording Industry Association of America press releases. We know that script line was wrong. It was a mistake. We’re very, very sorry.
If copyright infringement was theft then I’d be in jail every time I accidentally used football pix on Newsnight without putting “Pictures from Sky Sport” in the top left corner of the screen. And I’m not. So it isn’t. So you can stop telling us if you like. We hear you.
(Source: BBC News)
I didn’t see the original Newsnight report but judging from the hail of outraged comments, it must have been a Sun-tastic piece of hysterical tabloid reporting. This is what happens when the RIAA, an organisation that supports implanting illegal spy viruses on your computer, is allowed to define the discourse.
Remember, if the RIAA and BPI had their way, you couldn’t listen to any music you’d bought apart from when they dictated. If they could, they’d love to tag your every single play and make everyone in your household buy separate copies of the same CD.