Anonymous post from Bill Gates’s “Piracy” Confession
Stealing is bad. Why is that? When I was a child, my
parents explained it to me very clearly. Stealing is bad,
because if you steal another kid’s toy, that other kid
cannot play with it any more. Stealing means taking
people’s property away from them. And that is exactly why
it is bad.
Copyright infringement is NOT stealing. It is like
not paying your taxes, or not paying the money the mafia
demands from you so they won’t burn down your house. It’s
still up for debate which of the two it is, but calling it
“theft” is just propaganda.
If two people can profit from something that
used to belong to only one person, without anything being
taken away from the first person, that is called “sharing”.
Sharing is good. Your parents probably taught you that.
Theft is evil. Sharing is good. If you promise to
stop referring to copyright infringement as “theft”, I will
stop referring to it as “sharing”, and maybe there can be a
fair debate then.