Moral Issues

Topics: File sharing, Suicide, Peer-to-peer Pages: 8 (1471 words) Published: October 24, 2014


Story from BBC News:
Worksheet written by James Greenwood.

American student Joel Tenenbaum was taken to
court for downloading and sharing songs using the
peer-to-peer file sharing program Kazaa.
Under US law, recording companies are entitled to
$750 to $30,000 per infringement, or more if the
jury believes the infringements were wilful.
In the first case of this kind, a Minnesota jury
awarded $80,000 per song, amounting to $1.92
million for sharing 24 songs.
Joel was found guilty and ordered to pay
$675,000 (£404,000).
He now must either pay the fine or declare
Tenenbaum said an entire generation has grown
up downloading music and his case is not
unusual, but in a press release, Recording Industry
Association of America President Mitch Bainwol
said music fans know right from wrong when it
comes to illegal downloading.

Do you think the ruling was fair? Do you think the law upon which the ruling was based is fair? If so, explain why. If not, what alternatives could you suggest? Do you think this is the best way to deter piracy?



Story from The Guardian:
Worksheet written by James Greenwood.

You’re out for a meal with a family friend who
works in an independent TV production company.
She isn’t happy: unless the TV series that they’ve
just released on DVD sells well, the company is
going to have to make cutbacks – which might
include her.
You realise that that’s the TV series that you’ve
been downloading via a file-sharing site for the
past couple of days.

What do you say to her?
What do you do about the downloads when you get home?



Story from Book By Its Cover:
Worksheet written by James Greenwood.

Lauren Nassef is a freelance illustrator living in
Chicago. She showcases her work on her website,
On the 3rd of August 2009 she was alerted by a
visitor to her website that a graduate student at
Falmouth University named Samantha Beeson had
stolen her drawings and used them in her own
As well as using the pieces for her degree work,
Samantha won a £750 award and the opportunity
to showcase her designs at exhibitions in Hong
Kong and Paris. She even included Lauren’s
drawings on her own web portfolio, which she has
since taken down, and made a fake sketchbook
with Lauren’s drawings traced or pasted in.
Illustrator Julia Rothman said:

Comparison images by Julia Rothman

“I’m not sure what the lesson here is. Should
we be more careful about putting our work
online? How can we protect ourselves from
incidents like this?”

Why do you think the student copied Lauren’s work?
What do you think the repercussions will be, now that she has been found out? How do you think Lauren might feel about continuing to share her work online?



Story from Book By Its Cover:
Worksheet written by James Greenwood.

A survey by Cyber-Ark suggests the global slump
is prompting IT staff to snoop on their colleagues.
35% of those questioned had viewed confidential
information without permission, including salary
information & redundancy lists.
74% of those questioned said they could get round
the controls securing this data. Many admitted
they would steal information from businesses if
they were fired.
The most popular targets for those planning to
steal information were copies of customer account
databases, passwords for an email admin account
and merger plans.
The responses suggest the security measures in
place to prevent abuse were insufficient.
Cyber-Ark CEO Udi Mokady said:
“Businesses must wake up and realize that
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