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I am against piracy and will go to all odds to stop it.
In this first round, I will rebut the argument that "piracy is stealing". Nina Paley's didactic video "Copying is not Theft" is a great way to explain it in a simple way, but I would like to provide a few more sound arguments.
It is important to point out that downloading a song does not take away any money from the artist, as would stealing. At most, it prevents the artist to make a profit, as the person does not buys the album, but that is not necessarily true. Downloading a song does not mean you would pay for it if you could not download it, most times you would just ignore the song altogether, so downloading is actually benefiting the artist, as it is making him more known, and probably causing more people to look forward to a live performance.
In fact, most artists profit from piracy. 75% of the artists benefit from file sharing. That's because non-popular artists, who are not played in mainstream radios, would otherwise be completely unknown if it wasn't for file sharing. People have the opportunity to experiment new music for free, and then, if they like it, reward the artist. That is beneficial for the artists and for the music as a whole, as it democratizes the industry and allow for more music variety.
 Copying is not Theft - Nina Paley
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In this round I will argue that copyright laws are outdated, and do not contribute to society. First of all, I would like to cite Scherer:
"The evolution of copyright from an occasional grant of royal privilege to a formal and eventually widespread system of law should in principle have enhanced composers' income from publication. The evidence from our quantitative comparison of honoraria received by Beethoven, with no copyright law in his territory, and Robert Schumann, benefiting from nearly universal European copyright, provides at best questionable support for the hypothesis that copyright fundamentally changed composers' fortunes. From the qualitative evidence on Giuseppe Verdi, who was the first important composer to experience the new Italian copyright regime and devise strategies to derive maximum advantage, it is clear that copyright could make a substantial difference. In the case of Verdi, greater remuneration through full exploitation of the copyright system led perceptibly to a lessening of composing effort."
That is, copyright does not protect neither incentives creativity, on the contrary, it incentives sloth and accommodation, by excluding other, perhaps better, artists, to build on what has been made. Also, as I have already said, copying does not deprive the victim of the original item, as intellectual property is not scarce.
Another point is that copyright laws around the world are almost the same as they were before the advent of the internet, and are not ready to cope with the transformations that the knowledge era has brought upon us. Today we live in a world where knowledge sharing and the right to education are universal values. Every country legal system must be reformed to reflect that, by changing or abolishing copyright laws.
My opponent has yet to provide some proof or argument that piracy is "wrong in every way", as so far he has not proven that it is wrong in any way.
 Scherer, F.M. (2004), Quarter Notes and Bank Notes. The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Princeton University Press
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