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


Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: sylvi macCormac (macCormac@shaw.ca)
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 19:30:50 EST


hello

a mac user a byt behind th times, using word & protoolstoolbox and other stuff.
what is PD ? just so i'm not lost as i read th next 2006 messages ... thanks
(ascii smile).

pest regards, sylvi macCormac

Rick wrote:

> 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
> >
> >
>
> --
> ======================
> Rick Nance
> De Montfort University
> Leicester, UK
> RickNance.org



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