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 - 18:40:17 EST

Michael Gogins wrote:
> I would tend to agree that copying for creative purposes should be
> allowed -- up to the point where an impartial critic (assuming one can be
> found) would say that the new piece is a "version" of the borrowed piece --
> but no further.

Which is unmaintainable.

> As for legality, if you think it is sometimes ethical to break laws, you are
> wrong.

There is no direct correspondance bewteen what is ethical and what is
legal, to presume otherwise is to imagine that lawmakers and their
interests reflect moral descisions of some sort - in the case of your
argument, some variety of 'greatest good for the greatest number' ethics
which I don't neccesarily subscribe to.

Given that you have gone on to provide an example of where it /was/
ethical to break a law, I'm not sure what you wish me to make of this
line of reasoning. In certain places certain sexual acts between
consenting adults are illegal - what is the ethical status of those acts
in those places?

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