muahahaha, depends on what country you are from... in some places it perfectly legal depending upon how and why you do so. some countries have levied taxes on recordable media (to be distributed among the copyright holders) thereby allowing such non-commercial sharing. other countries are not members of the major "we'll support your laws" groups. in SomeCountry on SomeContinent it may be perfectly legal to copy/share anything you wish... so who's rules are to be followed? aside from the political madness in North Korea banning anything from the outside.. is it illegal to copy/share outside media?
Normally you follow the laws of the country you are living in. In the US, it's illegal to takes someone else's property and give it away.
many countries are quite happy to ignore patents and reproduce medicines "illegally"... good or bad? say the cure for Cancer comes along and is patented in the US and the patent holder wishes to charge insane amounts of money... would countries ignoring the legal issues and producing the medicine anyways and keeping millions upon millions of people from dying be in the wrong?
The "is okay to rob from someone to save someone" question is another issue because I don't see how robbing someone's music videos is going to save somebody.
that argument does not stand. is buying the video from a person who's tired of watching it illegal? the property owner "lost a sale" because you didn't pay them for the video... if to legally purchase the right to view the video would cost millions of dollars.. so very few people in the whole world could afford to 'legally' view the video, is any viewing of the video a 'lost sale'?
While it would not be a lost sale, it still does not make it legal. If the person does not want to sale the video to anybody but the super wealthy, I can't see why they should not have that right.
if some guru in Tibet came up with the answer to life, the universe and everything, and wrote it down, and that writing down put the answer under the copyright law of that country, and that country decided that nobody ever should hear the answer, should it be illegal to translate and spread that answer around the world?
It would only be illegal to translate and spread that answer if the guru did not want people to do so because most copyright laws allow the maker to decide how to give out the permission.
yeah, pretty much "ditto". there are things that can't be had for any price legally that should be available somehow to everybody who wishes to know that thing. it's the old "letter of law" vs "spirit of law". if the next great piece of literature comes from a person/country that wishes to keep it a secret, or charge an arm and a leg for the priveledge to experience the thing... screw 'em.
I think the "letter of the law" and the "spirit of the law" are both saying "it's illegal to take someone else's property because you do not want to pay for it".
...and it may be illegal to kill a madman who is killing people left and right (unless he points the gun at you personally)... nevertheless, there's usually a corner case where the illegal thing is the right thing.
You mean killing people before they have a fair trial?