Author Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) is not walking the center line when it comes to a position on illegal downloads. Writing for the Index on Censorship (“The Voice of Free Expression”), Pullman writes:
“The technical brilliance is so dazzling that people can't see the moral squalor of what they're doing” he writes. “It is outrageous that anyone can steal an artist's work and get away with it. It is theft, as surely as reaching into someone's pocket and taking their wallet is theft.”The Guardian assesses Pullman’s essay and the issue here.