Originally Posted by GregInPrague
In the current climate I don't know how you can. If the society can't agree whether truth is relative or not how can you say what is right or wrong? When elected officials are consistently getting away with obvious corruption why should a teenager feel guilty about downloading a few movies? In my opinion piracy won't diminish until either A) Laws are put into place with real teeth (they've tried and there's been huge backlash across Europe in the last year) or B) There's a significant spiritual change in the region.
Seriously, why should the teenager feel bad if corruption exist everywhere in society ? Not only with elected officials, but also with companies. Big companies like Microsoft, IBM, Google and even Apple are basically places where moral values don't exist. Of course it's not illegal, they have the power of money to change laws. Even if it's illegal, so what? The penalties are pennies for them. Google copies Oracle, Oracle copies someone else, Apple copies someone else.
Why put someone for jail for piracy, but not for bigger crimes? Also, it's not only Europe. In the US and Canada, most people pirate too. Honestly, I never knew anyone who didn't do it and not only from poor people. Rich people pirate as much if not more. It would not surprise me if 90 % of people here used torrents. Who the hell can buy 10 000 songs for their ipods?
Hence, since the vast majority of the population doesn't see any changes at the top, why should they change. You see politician fighting for less laws for the rich (the market will take care of it) but for more laws for the others. Doesn't make sense.
If that doesn't change, well morality is relative, right?