Originally Posted by cloudgazer
But every time I see people conflating patent infringement with theft, or describing it as evil or immoral I will argue against them - because patent infringement in the IT industry is endemic, heck it's necessary.
It is illegal until we can get the law changed to stop the software patent nonsense, but it certainly isn't immoral.
Long time lurker, first time poster.
I think most people here will agree that patent infringement and copyright violations are not "stealing".
Google is apple's competitor and hence people here will be more than happy to throw any dirt at them and "stealing" is a popular word among apple fans and thats the one that is currently in use against them at the moment and what you are trying to say is simply in the way and thats why these guys play dumb and nobody comes to your aid.
These people you are arguing with know the distinctions you are trying to make, they simply play dumb for reasons that can be explained with that popular phrase "dont let facts get in the way of a good story".
You have very compelling arguments and i am sure a lot of people here supports your view. They just dont help you out for reasons i mention above, its in a way of a good dirt throwing.
I specifically liked the land example, pretty creative.