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The Second Precept & the Internet

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Vakkali
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The Second Precept & the Internet

Postby Vakkali » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:44 am

I'm almost certain that this has been discussed here before...but here it goes.

Does downloading music, books, or other kinds of media from the internet without paying constitute a violation of the second precept, in your opinion? What is it exactly that makes something stealing? Is it depriving the rightful owner of the object in question? If that's so, then downloading a copy of it doesn't count. Is it that fact that, when something is downloaded, the creator loses potential money that he or she would have earned through the sale of a physical copy? Really just looking for opinions, I know this won't lead to any definitive answers.

If only the Buddha had had the internet...

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Re: The Second Precept & the Internet

Postby Doshin » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:09 am

Knowing about dhamma, does not imply knowing dhamma

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