Qing Tian wrote:
You can rationalise it all you want but it is stealing.
So, to answer your question... YESNow go and stand in the naughty corner and reflect upon your wickedness
I don't know about that, it gets more complicated than that.
If you can't find an album to buy (happens to me all the time with my tastes- obscure stuff), but can find it for free download....also if you've already owned a piece of music, I find it questionable you should pay for it again..especially since some services are already giving you the mp3 version when you purchase the cd.
You pay taxes to support your library, that's how they obtain the stuff, copying it means using it beyond what the library intended..but i'm not sure it's stealing.
One thing that can be said, it's unhealthy acquire stuff for the sake of acquiring it, and it's easier on your mind to stop acquiring, and take what is given...however, what if your friend gives you a "pirated" Dharma book, should you turn it down? How is that different from turning down a hard copy book? hell, should my Dharma center even have a lending library, or should we all just havet o shell out 10 bucks to amazon so they can transfer us a file?
Whether or not it constitutes "Stealing" in every case (though some are obvious) is hard to say, but for sure, you can tell whether or not your behavior crosses a line you don't want to cross by observing it, if you are using Bit torrent to obtain tons of software, music, whatever...whether it's stealing or not, it is probably contrary to the Dharma.
PS i'm an early adopter of the internet (something like 1994), and am totally familiar with the hows and why's of piracy..basically think it's not worth worrying about whether or not it's stealing, but if you are having to ask the question, i.e. you do it enough that you are prompted to come here and ask about it...you can probably work out your answer.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen