Could you please help me to choose the right variant here. Is the word "cheater" correct here?

When Brenda later gives, shares, or trades her music files free over the Internet, she is also an uploader. She considers herself an active music uploader, but the music industry considers her a _____.

А) thief
B) cheater
C) burglar
D) bandit

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    Maybe, 'thief' can fit in this context. It means she had stolen the copyright of others. – dan Mar 8 at 8:47

What we're talking about here is the concept of copyright theft. This is the language that copyright holders' groups like to use about unauthorised copying of content, because they argue that it is stealing the content just like going to a shop and taking a CD (or whatever).

For that reason, the music industry would consider her a thief. Legal analysis varies, though it's still illegal (though not necessarily criminal) in all Berne Convention countries.


Let's check what exactly mean cheater and thief.

According to the Oxford Dictionary


A person who acts dishonestly in order to gain an advantage.


A person who steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force or threat of violence.

You have got to put yourself in the place of the Music Industry. What do you think they care most: you being dishonest or you stealing their money, not paying for their property? Is honesty a characteristic of the Music Industry or any other Industry?

I'd choose thief.

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