Bill Gates makes the distinction

Pirates often face arguments that are based on how sharing copyrighted material is comparable with theft. The usual answer is that theft is one thing, copyright infringment is another, and that's why they are placed in different sections of the body of law.

Some people continues to have trouble making the distinction.

Bill Gates is not one of them.

He recently told the Wall Streeet Journal that he watched physics lectures and the Harlem Globetrotters on YouTube. When WSJ says they are stolen he answered:

Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for.

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