Lecture18-2 - Proprietary software (PS): Developers want to...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 18 Intellectual Property II
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2 Philosophical Basis of Property 1. Property is created by laws. What can be owned. How things can be acquired and transferred. What owners can do with their property 2. Theories of Property: Utilitarian Laws to foster creativity and innovation. Natural Right to Property
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3 Natural Right to Property Argument for natural right: Individuals have a natural right to what they produce with their labor (John Locke). Example: Garden Software developers produce software through their labor, so they own it. Flaws in this argument:
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4 Economic Models of Software distribution
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Unformatted text preview: Proprietary software (PS): Developers want to have intellectual property rights so that they can sell the software. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS): Make money from supporting the software. (How?) Which is best? Which system produces the best and most useful software? Which system leads to most widely accessible software? 5 Natural Rights Argument Against Software Ownership Software is essentially a series of mental steps. Ownership of mental steps could lead to interference with freedom of thought. This is more likely as more sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) and expert systems are developed....
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