The ethics of internet piracy: need to find a way to maximise truly amazing potential of internet, while properly rewarding creators by Peter Singer

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 20/02/2012 16:54

Last year, I told a colleague that I would include internet ethics in a course that I was teaching. She suggested that I read a recently published anthology on computer ethics - and attached the entire volume to the email.

Should I have refused to read a pirated book? Was I receiving stolen goods, as advocates of stricter laws against internet piracy claim?

If I steal someone's book the old-fashioned way, I have the book, and the original owner no longer does. I am better off, but they are worse off. When people use pirated books, the publisher and the author often are worse off - they lose earnings from selling the book.
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/singer83
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012211103617437180.html

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