- Facebook broke the law - Uber is breaking the law But I guess such companies have the resources to bend the law?
It is not usually a question of breaking a law or not. It is usually a question of the interpretation of the law. This can be both a challenge and an opportunity.
You also have to look at what you have to lose. If it is a law involving moral or social issues you may lose more than money or things of monetary value.
Lastly, in all decisions you have to weigh the potential loss vs the potential gain. If for example, you are in a position to gain large amounts of fame, advertising, or even money and the most you can lose is a little money or a little embarrassment you may be more inclined to "break the law."
If you try to obtain documents from a large company in a court battle, the big company may withhold the documents until they are in contempt of court. Why? Well, in a recent NYC case the company which withheld the documents was only fined $500. The company's lawyers knew that they could delay the case and aggravate the plaintiff and it would only cost them $500 to do it.
Then there is breaking the law for social change. Of course we all know about social injustice and the price people have paid to correct it.
I hope this helps. In any case make sure that your means is justified by your end founded on good moral footing and don't be deliberately stupid.
Michael T. Irvin