Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Possible Duplicate:
Are Christians bound to the laws of their country?

  • Making illegal copies of films, music, books and games
  • Downloading and seeding torrents
  • Using someone else's program code without license
  • Plagiarism (which is like breaking 9th Commandment)

Are the things listed above sinful?

Does it depend on whether we're making money from it?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Caleb, Ray, Richard, a_hardin, wax eagle Sep 7 '11 at 11:51

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

@Caleb, I don't agree, it's not a duplicate, since there may be other answers, which will move question from proposed subset. – Max Gontar Sep 7 '11 at 11:23
I've always thought if you have to ask if something is stealing, you already know the answer is yes. – bit_ly_1selcQ3 Sep 21 '11 at 2:25
@DanielPendergast U.S. Copyright Law does not classify copyright infringement as theft. Besides, theft is depriving someone of his property, and one is not deprived of his property when information is copied. See my answer here, esp. the link to N. Stephan Kinsella's Against Intellectual Property (free audiobook). – Geremia Feb 1 at 19:33
Another title/question: "Is copyright law just?" – Geremia Feb 1 at 19:34

This issue is really just a sub-set of a much larger issue. See my answer on Are Christians bound to the laws of their country? for a defense of why Christians are bound to follow the laws of their countries whether or not they agree or disagree with them.

Whether or not some of the items you list would or would not fall under a biblical definition of "theft" and thus run afoul of one of the ten commandments, breaking a civil law is still something we're instructed against according to Romans 13:1. Hence breaking civil laws and ethical standards is also disobedience to God, which is sin.

share|improve this answer
I think that although from your point of view this question is just a subset of the other question, still there may be other answers. However thank you for your answer, it worth pondering. – Max Gontar Sep 7 '11 at 11:24
Lex dubia non obligat. (A doubtful law does not bind.) is also another moral principle that comes into play here. – Geremia Jun 19 '14 at 21:41

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.