Computer Ethics and the Internet

When a song or a movie is produced and marketed, those involved in the production of the same expect monetary gains from the sale of such products. This means that copyright laws protect the product. Therefore, it should not be reproduced, copied, resold without the authority of the producers. Most people fail to pay for the songs and movies they download from the internet even though these may have copyright. Downloading these files is thus considered a crime. At the same time, distribution of a copyright media through electronic or non-electronic methods without the approval of the copyright holder is illegal as well.

Many people across the globe tend to download films or music from the internet. As earlier mentioned, this is a violation of intellectual property rights or considered piracy. Some people believe that because everyone downloads songs and movies from the internet without paying for them is legal, but this is regarded as theft. Owners of intellectual property deserve protection by the law. The aspect of the morality of illegal downloading of songs and films from the internet is sometimes difficult to establish because these occur in an environment where the penalties for doing the same are stepped on. Everyone seems to think that downloading media files without paying for them is not ethically wrong. Downloading without the consent of the owner or pay for it, we completely deprive the owner of its use and ability to share and dispose of it as he wishes. When illegal downloaders are caught, they can be subjected to massive penalties, and they can even face jail terms. It is essential for consumers to respect intellectual property.