Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Owen Green (email@example.com)
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
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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