Ethical Computing: Copying Music or Software from Another Person or over the Internet

1338 Words Feb 1st, 2018 5 Pages
The ubiquity of the Internet and the speed at which music and software can be copied is also changing the sociological and legal aspects of computing as well (De George, 2006). For the first time the availability of technology is driving a level of expertise with computer users globally that give them the opportunity to capture, distribute, duplicate and even re-publish massive amounts of intellectual property that isn't theirs (Wilson, 2007). This is forcing the issue of copyright infringement and the protection of intellectual property at a global scale. In so doing, this dynamics is also re-ordering ethics surrounding all forms of digital content as well.
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The combined effects of the freemium business models that offer free services underwritten by advertising are now dominating the Web, shifting the expectations of computer users globally as a result. In conjunction with this shift in expectations on a global level, entitlement to intellectual property is now rampant, even if a computer user did not pay for it (Hollander, 2010). All of these factors are further accelerating the question of ethics globally, and within each country the question of intellectual rights and how to…
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