CIS 324: Copyright Ethics

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Computer Ethics – CIS 324 | Copyright Ethics | Justin Auandee | Table of Contents Introduction Page 1 Inventors and Creators Page 3 Case 1 Page 4 Case 2 Page 5 Conclusion Page 6 References Page 7 Webster defines copyright as “the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish and sell the matter and form. The copyright law also extends itself to software and technologies that aims in protecting the artists that create the product. Copyrights and patents are used to protect a certain expressions of ideas and processes. Laws have been put in place to protect the creator of the product. How helpful are theses copyright laws in protecting the ideas and products from being stolen anyone. It would be the same as someone…show more content…
As history has shown, in software, this limitation, however ethical it may be, is close to useless in protecting the inventor. There are only so many basic inventions in software. The most notable ones are word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and the graphical user interface (GUI). This means that if you invent the first spreadsheet, the UI may be copyrighted and the particular implementation of the functions behind it can be protected. But, this does very little in protecting you against some other guys writing a spreadsheet which is more user friendly, calculates faster, and provides more functions, even though you were the inventor of the spreadsheet. There are only so many general purpose software programs. The rest of computer software is specialized, developed for a particular purpose, to solve a specific problem. These specific software solutions may rely on the general purpose solutions, but refine them. By refining them they become specific applications targeting a specific set of users with a specific set of problems. More importantly, the number of these specific purpose applications is growing, and the number of inventors…show more content…
Both cases show people losing thousands to millions of dollars due to the fact that the product did not have a copyright. The growing problem in software piracy around the globe, every country is faced with the decision to stop copyright violations. The U.S Copyright Act is very detailed in the specifications of what rights are given to the artists. That’s not to say that U.S does not have its software copyright problems. Other countries are dealing with worst software copyright problems. The issue of copyright is not new, and it’s resulted from many factors. In my opinion, copyright violations are caused by the easiness of able to copy software and by lacking of strict enforcement. Some people don’t understand that it’s an ethical issue because by using and copying software without paying is a form of stealing. Many under developed countries are not enforcing the issues of copyright leading to outrageous software piracy. Let’s give ourselves a scenario: we love certain gadgets, software, and entertainment media. What should we do? They’re something we really want to have for fraction of the cost. Plus, we could buy them as gifts for friends and family. The violators are the people who reproduce the items, sell them, and buy them. We have to take part in the blame because we are one of the reasons copyright violations exist. We support the business. Therefore, the piracy exists. Before

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