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Old 06-24-2005, 02:09 AM
Jeff W Jeff W is offline
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Default Is this morally wrong?

I download copyrighted e-books/scanned books to read on my computer. If I wanted to read them otherwise, I would check them out at the library. Regardless of whether or not I check the book out or download it, the publisher will receive no money from me.

Is it morally wrong to read the e-books?
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:14 AM
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Information wants to be free.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:15 AM
Patrick del Poker Grande Patrick del Poker Grande is offline
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Default Re: Is this morally wrong?

It's marginally wrong. There's still some sort of convenience factor that you're not paying for. Also, in the case of the library, the book was paid for by the library. You paid for your share of the book through taxes and whatnot. Also, each copy of the book has been paid for and only one person can have acces to it at a time. With the e-book, many copies are made and distributed. There's no limit on how many people can use it at one time and this hurts its earning potential.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:15 AM
Patrick del Poker Grande Patrick del Poker Grande is offline
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Information wants to be free.

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This may be true, but if the people who generate and provide the information aren't compensated, there will be nobody to generate and provide it in the future.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:16 AM
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I do the same and do not feel the least bit guilty about it. However, I do feel that in a small way it is wrong. This is pretty much the exact same deal with music, movies, pern, etc.

FWIW, I enter law school in the fall and have to believe that intellectual property law is a rapidly growing field. Maybe I should get me some of that.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:18 AM
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Information wants to be free.

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I wonder how much thought goes through the brain to make this statement.

Whenever I download something illegally, I know it's wrong.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:19 AM
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No, it's not wrong.

It's almost like how the MPAA likes to say they are losing millions of dollars to internet piracy when most of it is either people downloading movies they would never pay to see or downloading movies they are going to pay to see anyway.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:21 AM
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Is it morally wrong to read the e-books?


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It is if you don't also go buy the book.
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:22 AM
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Information wants to be free.

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I wonder how much thought goes through the brain to make this statement.

Whenever I download something illegally, I know it's wrong.

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You may be interested in reading this.

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2....ideas_pr.html
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Old 06-24-2005, 02:22 AM
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I do the same and do not feel the least bit guilty about it. However, I do feel that in a small way it is wrong. This is pretty much the exact same deal with music, movies, pern, etc.

FWIW, I enter law school in the fall and have to believe that intellectual property law is a rapidly growing field. Maybe I should get me some of that.

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First grad school assignment for Law Ethics class: write an essay explaining how one can do something they feel is wrong yet not feel guilty.

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