Illegal immigration and copyright infringement

In a blog post titled Are immigration restrictionists pirates?, John Lee considers the parallels between illegal immigration and piracy: civil law violations that are, if anything, minor “crimes” that don’t deserve harsh punishment, and where strong and ruthless enforcement is unjust. Here’s how John Lee concludes his post:

If restrictionists take their own arguments about the rule of law seriously, they should scrupulously avoid benefiting from the flagrant violations of the law entailed by what we consider day-to-day usage of the internet. It doesn’t matter how unreasonable or unenforceable the law is — the law is the law. Sure, piracy isn’t physically stealing from anyone — and neither is crossing an imaginary line some people drew on a map, for that matter. Besides, it’s not like you’re giving up the job that can pull you out of poverty, or giving up all hope of living with your family — all you’re giving up are movies, TV shows, books, and music which you can and should be paying for already. If restrictionists defending the “rule of law” want to be taken seriously, they can start by showing us the way forward in respecting the world’s copyright laws.

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