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Stealing Images With Your Smartphone

Could Using Your Cell Phone's Camera Be Considered Stealing?

A New York Times writer went to a bookstore for inspiration, snapped a few pictures of images in home design books, and walked out with the photos stored on his phone, having spent no money to purchase the book. Should that be considered piracy?

Check out the rest of the story and share your opinion after the break.

After a lengthy analysis that includes case studies from as far back as the 1960s (when Xerox started mass-producing copiers) and also touches on music piracy, at least one expert likened the author's actions to illegal music file sharing and said that this act of "documenting" a book may eventually lead to increased legal cases from book stores and publishers.

I'm torn on this one; on one hand, by consuming and saving the media for future use, the author owes something. On the other, what's the difference between this and flipping through the book at the store? Or photocopying a page at the library? Ultimately, he doesn't make a decision as to whether his actions were right or wrong. What do you think?

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bsanf3 bsanf3 6 years
Would this be any different then going to the library and copying a couple pages.
Mystofflyn Mystofflyn 6 years
This is most definitely stealing. When you go into a library to do what they did in the article, the books and magazines in there are public property. However the items in the bookstore are owned by the bookstore. There's a big difference between putting the item back on the shelf and leaving with the information contained therein. Though it may not be illegal it is immoral.
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