I was just reading another thread and one of the posters said he would never buy a trading book because he could download it free.
My first "very short reaction" was sort of "loser - thief".
But I used to work as a lawyer for a record company and I know I was conditioned to think that way by the government and my job.
After all it was apparently bill gates who got the government to protect digital code.
I certainly do not think something is wrong just because someone else or the government tells me so.... think prohibition.
So morally should we be averse to downloading a trading book, software or music over the internet if that is an Intellectual property violation?
put it this way. You spend two years of your life writing a pretty good book, hoping to. Someone uploads it to a number of torrent sites without your permission, and many people read it for free. Not a problem? Try it this way; all the bookstores (B&N, Amazon, etc.) decide to run off a million copies and make it available for free at all their bookstores, costing you any sales. Problem yet?
Try it another way. You come up with an invention. You tell your best friend, and he sells the idea to someone else, making $10,000,000. You make nothing. Wrong? You decide to fight this and learn the lawyers want $75,000 up front before they take your case, and they also tell you that you will probably lose.