Context: Online piracy means downloading of books/games/movies/courses which might be available for sale at some non-zero price. Hinduism has strict rules against stealing. But is online piracy equivalent to stealing?
Opinions: There might be two opposing opinions on this:
- Online piracy is downloading a 'copy' of the original content and hence not stealing the actual source.
- It is stealing nevertheless as you aren't paying for it.
Question: Is piracy a sin similar to stealing?