Originally Posted by Don Hills
The word "niggardly" is of Middle English (maybe Scandinavian) origin. It has no connection with African-American slang terms.
While technically and grammatically correct. Still If one is soliciting civility, perhaps
not a good choice of terms,
From the Dictionary:
noun often offensive
a stingy or ungenerous person.
adjective often offensive archaic term for niggardly
ORIGIN late Middle English : alteration of earlier nigon.
USAGE This word, along with its adverbial form niggardly, should be used with caution. Owing to the sound similarity to the highly inflammatory racial epithet nigger, these words can cause unnecessary confusion and unintentional offense.
................... nuff said hey ?.
On the other hand and back to some of the content of this thread
While I believe that it is true that in the US copyright infringement still falls under the area of Tort law, usually with civil remedy and not criminal , It should be noted though that there are areas of Tort Law which can incur both civil and criminal remedy. These generally have to do with involving "egregious Intent to do harm"
And this is I think where this debate develops..
Because many who create music, view illegal downloading and or the intentional facilitation of illegal downloading as falling under the purview of " egregious intent to do harm" while others see the individual downloader ( with the everybody does it mentality) , and the ISP as unintentional perpetrators or facilitators of infringement.