Q: Is it against the law to have the intent to steal copyrighted or patented information.
A: Generally speaking, if it is just one person who has not do anything in furtherance of actually stealing, then no, it isn't illegal -- i.e. it isn't a illegal to just have the idea in your head, you have to take some sort of action to accomplish the goal (e.g. downloading or copying the protected material--which on it's own could be an illegal infringement depending on the circumstances). However, if you discuss the intent with one or more other people, it becomes a conspiracy, which could be a crime, again, depending on the circumstances.
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