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


Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Rick (ricknance@gmail.com)
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.

r

On 11/13/05, Owen Green <o.t.green@ntlworld.com> 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
>
>

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Rick Nance
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
RickNance.org



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