No, if a lightening bolt strikes my home and I can't work, it's not stealing. But using one of my images with out paying me for the usage license is. Or a song, or a piece of code, or a logo, or even an idea. The courts have been clear on the issue of people unknowingly using copyrighted material and removing it when requested. The act of knowingly doing it is stealing. This conversation is centered around large corporations and how people feel they are evil and how it's ok to use things without paying for them because they make so much money. But, it's also how many people make a living. My business is just me. Every time someone uses an image without my permission, it subtracts directly from my income; because they need to pay for the use. And that is how I pay my rent, my overhead, my insurances, my vacations...everything you get from your salary (assuming you have one). And, morally, that is what is at heart here. If you don't like the industries that are producing content, then don't buy it. But taking it without paying for it has direct consequences for people who spend time and energy producing it. Why is it that on a site where almost everything discussed, from music to technology, relies on people taking the time to sit down and develop an idea into something we love - yet hardly anyone here thinks that it's ok to make money from these ideas or that you should pay for them? Do you think that computer technology would have moved as fast if people didn't know they could make a living from the ideas that are in every piece of tech ever made?