A Professional Code Of Ethics

1283 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Copyright laws are important more so today then ever before because the ability to copy and distribute intellectual properly and pirate electronic content has increased with the advancements in technology and globalization. As members of the student body, University of the People students must understand the detriments of plagiarism, piracy and ensure they protect Intellectual Property and respect copyright laws. Developing a professional code of ethics as a computer professional, will help navigate our careers and help us make proper ethical decisions and choices.
Intellectual Property
The University of the People’s Intellectual Property policy requires we respect individual property rights and abide by US copyright laws (University of the People Catalog, 2015, p. 83). The University of the People does not tolerate plagiarism. Plagiarism violates Individual Property rights by failing to credit the author’s work. According to WIPO, “Intellectual Property refers to creations of the mind, creative work such as books, music, movies, photos, web content, and software” (WIPO, n.d.). Everyone has created Intellectual Property at some point in his or her life and no one wants it stolen. Innovation flourishes when ideas can flow, but stealing from the author will only lead to stifled creativity and resentment. When we build upon the work of others and our own ideation takes root, we must give credit to its origin. Increased awareness of Intellectual Property rights will…
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