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

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Owen Green (
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 15:37:26 EST

The post you first replied to said that I was ambivalent; there are
cases where it is clearly unethical and cases where this is not so
(legality doesn't really do it for me as a reason not to do something,
so excuse me if I stick with ethics).

An example of something that I tolerate, and quite possibly approve of,
would be the sharing of music files for items that record companies have
deleted - who loses out? Similarly unauthorised copying for creative
purposes, which always begs the question of where the line is drawn; if
drawing a line makes it harder for music to stay in circulation or
stunting creative practice then I'd be for not drawing one at all.

Michael Gogins wrote:
> My point is that there are moral and legal ways of questioning the
> legitimacy of institutions, and immoral and illegal ways of doing so.
> My impression is that you approved or tolerated copying digital files
> without permission of copyright owners, which would be both immoral
> and illegal.
> Please correct me if I am wrong about you and copying files without
> permission.

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