I will not argue the issue of illegal download. It is too complex. I can argue for both sides of the debate but I choose not to. Those who wish to go through it again will find the thread here http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=7499
Something almost similar to illegal downloads though not illegal - generic drugs. Drugs made by companies that did not discover the drug and sold at a cheaper price by breaking patent laws. It is not illegal but it is annoying to those who discovered it. In 2001, Indian company sold anti AIDs drugs to French charity Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) for $350 a year per patient, on condition that the organization provides the treatment free to . The drug will have cost $10,000 if purchased from original maker in US. Even if the cost of developing the drug is $4 billion, a price tag of $10,000 yearly (it is life long prescription) seems wee bit too much.
Did Médecins sans Frontières (which won Nobel Prize for Peace in 1999) or the generic maker break second precept (they are organizations and have no Kamma but what if the buyer is a senior citizen in Milwaukee who is ordering generic from online pharmacy)
Is buying generic drugs breaking second precept? If I am a cheap generic drug maker, I am cheating the company which holds patent, but I am also making medication available (from cancer to hypertension to HIV-AIDS) to billions who would have died or led very painful life otherwise. Is the drug maker breaking second precept? Is the buyer breaking second precept?
For those who are unaware of generic vs name brand drug debate here is a
No matter in which country you are the debate over generic drug is important. Elderly in USA smuggle in drugs from Canada. From Seattle to Somalia it affects everyone. Tiny number of people download media and software. Perhaps 400,000 people illegally download a movie - at $10 per ticket, loss of 4 million dollars for a movie which cost $200 million to make. Almost whole of humanity buys generic drugs. The scale of generic drug business is much greater and debate exponentially more important.