How do you reconcile the claim that it's bad karma to download a sutra without permission from the copyright holder, with the claims contained within many such sutras, that the merit generated from merely reciting one paragraph is 'greater than the number of grains of sand in the river Ganges.'?
There are no rules that say you can't commit a sutra to memory and recite it freely.
As a matter of fact, this is what was done for a long time after the Buddha died,
before any of it was written down.
Don't confuse the book itself with what is written in
You can memorize and recite the entire Lotus Sutra if you want.
You just can't run somebody else's print version of it through a copier.
Nobody owns the dharma. Everybody owns the dharma.
What everybody does not own
is the right to duplicate the books or digital files of others without their permission.