Chapter 2 - Understanding Ethical & Legal Considerations

Chapter 2 - Understanding Ethical & Legal...

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Chapter 2. Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 1 What is ethics? Ethics is the study of the principles of conduct that apply to an individual or a group.
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Chapter 2. Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 2 In thinking about ethical dilemmas, four standards are useful: Rights. Individuals’ basic needs and welfare. Justice. How the costs and benefits of an action or a policy can be distributed fairly among a group. Utility. The positive and negative effects that an action or a policy has on the public. Care. The relationships we have with other individuals.
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Chapter 2. Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 3 You have three sets of ethical obligations: to your employer to the public to the environment
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Chapter 2. Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 4 You have four obligations to your employer: competence and diligence honesty and candor confidentiality loyalty
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Chapter 2. Understanding Ethical and Legal Considerations © 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 5 Four bodies of law are relevant to technical communication: copyright law trademark law contract law liability law
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© 2010 by Bedford/St. Martin's 6 Courts consider four factors in disputes over “fair use”: the purpose and character of the use, especially whether the use is for profit the nature and purpose of the copyrighted work
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2010 for the course COM 2610 taught by Professor O'donnell during the Summer '10 term at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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