Charcoal Design has an article arguing that the metaphor of ‘theft’ or ‘piracy’ for unauthorised use of information (such as software) can be highly inappropriate, immoral and damaging.
Yes, software creators need to have an incentive to produce their products, and they also have a moral right to receive the fruits of their labour. But they have no moral right to harm someone who has done them no harm. And it will be disastrous if a law based on a silly metaphor continues to shield this vital industry from the need to create innovative ways of marketing, and new types of relationships with their customers, appropriate for the still more knowledge-dominated economy of the future.
This, too, is a problem that has to be solved if we are to set the world to rights.
Update: See also their article on the future of Apple Computer.