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The Case for File Swapping

There’s a lot of fuss about how bad Internet file swapping (i.e: the sharing and downloading of copyrighted work) is and the fact that many people who download illegal files from the Internet think they are doing something wrong. However, few people have stopped to ask some important questions: should it be illegal? Can it be stopped? Is fighting it worth it?

The purpose of this essay is to explain why file swapping is not an illegitimate action and should in fact be legal.

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  • Hebrew (Ongoing translation on a Wiki).

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