The furniture store is still losing a sale on that chair that you cloned.
Essentially, you are saying that it is right for him to have to fork out another $30 (or whatever amount) for another copy of something he already purchased (money given to the creator) because of an unfortunate incident as a fire?
Not trying to cause a stir but see it from every angle and either way, it's not a fun position to be in.
No one has put it in such a facetious way. Many have suggested to do what you normally would do when you loose property due to a fire. Let insurance handle it.
There is typically little getting around it. Downloading via torrenting or P2P sharing is theft. Period.
The ends don't justify the means. Find me a law professional who would disagree.
Find me a law professional who would agree.
regarding your comment in bold. I think you'll find that you're mistaken. Downloading via torrents or P2P is only theft if you don't own a licence to the intellectual property in the first place. The OP owns licence to the original intellectual property therefor he can download via torrents. To make this clear, you never own the trick, the trick is always owned by the creator unless specifically revoked and sold. You own a licence to perform the trick and the secret to it.
According to your logic, the ends just did justify the means. The ends of loosing a physical DVD justified the means to buy a new DVD even though the OP might own the intellectual property in the first place.
Let me give you a couple of scenarios:
If a person buys a magic DVD goes back home never opens the magic DVD and downloads the same one off torrent then it is legal. as long as he/she has the intention of keeping the bought DVD.
If a person buys a magic DVD then losses it on the way home without watching it, then downloads it from the same torrent it is illegal.
If a person has a magic DVD watched it then losses it (or house burns) he/she may download it off a torrent site legally, IF he/she remembers how to do the trick, as the intellectual property is not lost.
Unfortunately the whole issue of Ethics has been distorted in our culturally relative world. It makes me happy to read all these posts about ethics regarding illusions or tricks, but when it comes down to it most people don't have any ethics these days. Abortion, murder, death penalty etc...
It is funny how when a high level of ethics can make money for certain individuals that the mainstream maintain these ethics, however when a low level of ethics makes money for certain individuals the mainstream accepts them.
Unfortunately many simple IR laws are misinterpreted in the magic community.