Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Rick (
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 06:10:12 EST

There are alternatives in some cases.

OpenOffice.Org, a project by Sun (Google just joined in) for many
years provides a very capable word processor with most, if not all,
the relevant functions of MSWord. It also has a presentation package,
a spreadsheet, and a few other things I think that MS lacks. It's
fully MSWord compatible (althought the kerning tables are a bit
different so imports aren't always exact). It's open source,
multi-platform and multi-lingual.

MAX/MSP was replaced by PD for a few of our ex-students who decided
NOT that they were AGAINST stealing software, but they really just
wanted something of their own since they planned on making it part of
their future.


On 11/13/05, Owen Green <> wrote:
> (As student, ex corporate software developer)
> I've always found myself curiously ambivilent, which I'm sure will make
> me a moral vacuum in some people's opinion. Whilst there is clearly an
> eithical issue associated with copyright violation, I've never been
> convinced with the application of "theft" in this context, although it
> obviously makes for rousing polemic. As far as it goes, I wouldn't mind
> if the big 5 were starved out of business, as they're a blight on the
> species; OTOH, I would be deeply upset if C74 were starved out of business.
> As for plagarism, I don't see how you get there at all. Accepting
> 'theft' for the moment; if I write an essay with a stolen ballpoint on
> stolen paper, is that now plagrism? Using software libraries as part of
> some work doesn't change in terms of the intellectual egangement with
> those libraries regardless of whether one has honoured their nominal
> exchange-value, viz. saying you wrote something in an environment which
> you happened to have obtained unethically is not the same as handing in
> the environment as your own work (i.e. plagarism).
> Furthermore, unless the university is exposed to some liability, why is
> it any of their business?
> Kevin Austin wrote:
> > Any comments on this? academic, student, interested by-stander, software
> > developer ... etc

Rick Nance
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK

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