The second precept
Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not freely given.
Conditions Under Which A Violation is Considered to Have Occurred
Object: Anything belonging to another legally
Knowledge: The perception of the item as belonging to another
Intention: The thought/intention of stealing
The Act: The action of taking the item
Consequence: Thinking of the object as our own, Owning the object
According to the precept, is it a violation to download a content (Virtual things: Articles, Books, movies, softwares, games) which is originally not free in the internet.
In this case:
The original auther or the owner does not really own the content when someone download it from another source, and the content is free from the source that he is downloading.
Virtual content can be copied unlimitedly, therefore downloading never dislocate the content from the original site (from the owner).
Literally the owner is losing something does not belong to him.
However, in vinaya there is a case not paying taxes lead to defeat(parajika) of a bhikku.
This may already have discussed here.
Please give your opinions on this issue