Dear Helpers on the path, kind regards to you.
I wish to ask this question:
“Is downloading books online for free (which are otherwise paid and/or copyrighted) considered a bad kamma (ie stealing)?”
I have often downloaded books from websites with the intention to read and learn from it.
However, I couldnt make it out with a sure shot understanding whether its totally bad or totally neutral.
Any guidance on this would be really helpful.
KEEPING DISCUSSION RESTRICTED TO BOOKS ONLY. NO OTHED DOWNLOADS.
Some Strong Points to Discuss:
1. Digital Property when duplicated (other word–copied) and used, doesn’t deprive the owner of its use. So is it technically stealing?
2. Kamma is said intention. So when someone is Downloading books with intention to “read and learn” and not to “steal and deprive the owner”, does it make a Bad kamma/stealing/breaking of Precepts?
3.Is there a distinction of kamma depending on whether downloaded for personal use or for making money?
These are some main really worthy questions of debate. And yeah debating with right mindset to understand the complexity of situation rather than to promote one’s view. Afterall attachment to view itself is a hindrance to Dhamma.
My question is not to increse the hindrances, but to minimise. So I hope nobody falls into extremes and nobody is offended.