compprog ethics - Adam VanSlyke February 4 2008 Ethics...

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Adam VanSlyke February 4, 2008 Ethics Assignment The advantages that computers and the Internet provide in our lives far outweigh the negatives that they also produce. The Internet gives us access to vast amounts of information and entertainment, some of which are illegal. “Computer-savvy” users can either access this illegal information or host it on a website themselves to give others access to it. Information that may be shared illegally are copyrighted programs, movies, or even music, all of which you can be persecuted for downloading illegally. This can cause an ethical dilemma within the online community. Many believe that since the Internet’s main purpose is to allow free flowing ideas and to share them, they should be allowed to access the efforts and thoughts of others free of cost. This information is being created for a profit, which is where the ethical dilemma comes in. A profit cannot be created if people are not paying to access to access the information they need.
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