The Morality Of Peer And File Sharing

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Introduction The purpose of this essay is to assess the morality of peer-to-peer file sharing. I will be addressing the ethics of downloading media that is difficult or expensive to obtain legally. It is my considered opinion that is morally acceptable to download files when media is extraordinarily difficult or expensive to explain legally. I will defend my position with an appeal to law and an appeal to consequences. In the United States, it is illegal to make or download copies of copyrighted material. Argument The internet completely changed the business of copyright infringement. While the internet makes it easier to identify copyright violations, it also enables those same violators to a previously unprecedented degree. This is…show more content…
This despite the fact that pirates download episodes of one of their most expensive shows of all time at a rate of 2.5 million downloads per episode. The president of programming for HBO has said that piracy is not hurting the company and that the record setting piracy is "sort of a compliment." The CEO of Time Warner, HBO 's parent company, went further saying that the piracy was "better than an Emmy" as praise for the quality of the show. (Dewey) The positive consequences of Game of Thrones piracy are not just limited to HBO and Time Warner, HBO’s parent company. There are the cable and satellite companies’ profits of course. Even more important are the millions of dollars spent on Game of Thrones merchandise and DVDs which are profitable, not only to HBO because of licensing, but also to the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that sell them. Piracy boosts the popularity of the show, which in turn keeps actors, writers, and production crews in several countries employed. Even the nations that host production sites also have positive economic benefits because of profit sharing, tourism, and the increased spending at local businesses. If all of the consequences of pirating Game of Thrones are good then how can downloading it be immoral? Next, we need to examine the motivations of pirates. In the case of Game of
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