Q: Does copyright infringement (piracy) incur karma?

Posted:  07 May 2012 (updated: 19 December 2017 @ 18:45) by Jason Remfrey

Yes, karma is incurred.  Put simply, for something you haven’t created yourself, you need to obtain the owners or artists permission before using yourself.  There may be intricacies here that I am not aware of, but I feel this is the crux of the matter.  For a more verbose description on this activity, see Wikipedia @ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement.

An artist must be rewarded for their efforts.  Even if the artist is wealthy, this makes no difference.  Many artists use their wealth to not only further their own (and other peoples) creative endeavours, but also to help those who are less fortunate.  These are important considerations.

Individuals, groups or organisations which encourage and facilitate copyright infringement, to whatever degree, or even when there is no one else involved and the material is for “personal use”, all should consider if their actions are included with the scope of this post.

Intention is everything when it comes to determining karmic accountability, and where the intention and motive is based on self-interest, this may set up lessons which will allow a person to learn and become more in tune with what is right spiritually, as well as what is right on a materialistic level.

It is not too late to put things right.  For those who use other people’s work to satisfy their own needs and wants, steps may be taken in order to rectify the situation, in the way of some sort of action, or offering.

I hope this goes some way to explaining this aspect of the creative and intellectual arts.

Much love,


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