Jesus and Software Piracy

Most people are familiar with the Bible story of the time that Jesus fed 5000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. It is one of his best-known miracle stories. But has anyone stopped to think about what he was really doing?Copyrighted Fish

When Jesus fed the 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish, he was pirating food. Some baker worked to make that bread and some fisherman worked to catch those fish. If Jesus hadn’t copied the food over and over again then the people would have had to buy more bread from the baker and more fish from the fishermen.

If you can endlessly copy bread and fish without cost then the fish and bread industries might suffer. Jesus could buy one loaf and one fish and have plenty of food for himself and even give it away to his friends. Then no one needs to buy fish or bread anymore.

I fail to see how Jesus’ actions are any different from modern-day “software piracy.” One person buys a song and copies it endlessly for free and gives it away to other people.

The argument today is that it is wrong to copy music and videos without paying the people that produced them. It seems to me that Jesus made a very clear statement about this and he doesn’t seem to feel that making and sharing copies of products is immoral.

I wonder if the RIAA has ever thought about that.

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