Thou Shall not steal... Unless you're giving free publicity to the original owner?
Brilliant. I'm going to go and snag me a Popemobile.... Its okay as long as I paint the Vatican website on the sides....
Speakers at a bloggers conference at the Vatican this week gave themselves an indulgence, saying it is OK to lift content from "old media" and that copyright was old hat. The Vatican's Councils for Culture and Social Communications had invited 150 bloggers to a meeting in Rome yesterday. While many of the Catholic bloggers …
Yeah, I know for it to be theft you have to intend to permentently deprive the owner of property (which Copyright Infringement doesnt seem to because the IP holder still has the IP), but I couldn't resist making the same moral equivalence argument as our corporate and political overlords.
Trying to ignore the insult and keep on point, why would he deliberately do it if his point was that it is morally okay to infringe? Being Catholic they have got "Thou shalt not steal" written in stone, so ho obviously knows there is a difference.
Or did you not have any valid rebuttal?
At least *this guy* has a reasoned argument, and has so far held back form insults.
"At the Vatican level I've been assured that there's no interest in regulating bloggers – and I believe them. These people don't lie."
No - they didn't lie about widespread, systematic child abuse by their employees - they just covered it up!
All religions are ridiculous, the Catholic church is both ridiculous and malicious.
Anonymous - because, although I'm probably too old to be caught and buggered by Ratzinger's henchmen, I'm not taking any chances.
What with all the stuff recently about JP2 getting beatified (i.e. "promoted" in catholic-speak) I found out that you need 2 miracles to achieve sainthood. Personally I'd reckon that if someone at conference could manage to get the copyright holders of all this stuff to agree with their views, that would count as a pretty good miracle and (whoever the lucky person was) would only need one more - say getting Apple to open the iPhone hardware - to become a fully fledged saint. The world's first techno-saint. (Well, after they're dead that is - presumably providing tech support in heaven)
All that remains would be to decide how we should commemorate that particular saint's day?
In Christianity at least the idea of copyright expired a long time ago - all of the major variations, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, CofE seem to have ripped off each others copyrighted works ... maybe the Catholic Church is now going to make a play for the Book or Mormon or Scientology ...
OK - I'll leave the room - mines the coat with the pocket full of clams ... in a white wine dressing.
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