I may have missed the point of the recent inquiry. Are we discussing the chances of getting prosecuted for sharing files, or are we talking about the morality of doing that?

If the former, then I am certainly in full agreement with Gavin and Bill that indeed the laws are such that probably if they want to they'll get me.

If it's the latter, then I still find it perfectly fine and in fact virtuous to share information as widely as possible. I think I've explained earlier why I think so, and it is in this sense, IMHO, that it is important to take into account that we do not profit from doing that. I also think there is a big difference between cracker-kids who are having fun with somebody's code and researchers who have themselves participated pro bono in peer review, editing and running the whole editorial process for those Journals.

Another metaphor that comes to my mind is the Washington Beltway, where the posted speed limit is 55 mph. You will have to look really hard to find a car going at that speed. The average is somewhere around 65-70. So, yes, pretty much anybody can be prosecuted. But if you go with the flow it almost never happens. I don't know why we need to have laws that are irrelevant and unenforceable. Ask a lawyer.


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