I just ratted out someone for copying the entire works of a famous comic-strip author, but I also just finished using Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" feature, screen capture, and an image editing program to steal the directions for a pair of socks AND the carried-away felted bag.
Is this Very Bad? Can I justify my actions by arguing that it's no different than going to the library and photocopying the directions from the books? Should I buy the books on principle, because the knitting designers need the money a LOT more than the famous comic-strip author?
And does it affect our project decision, knowing that the carried-away directions don't require a book purchase after all?