CS 492/CS 692 W04 Role-Playing Exercise 10

Piracy of software

Team A

A group of computer science students who feel that computer software is often prohibitively expensive and that there are no ethical difficulties in making copies of software from friends. They believe that the software companies have enough money and will not suffer unduly from copies which are not paid for. They also believe that it is impossible to legislate against unauthorized copying of software.

Team B

A group of concerned computer scientists who feel, first of all, that it is unethical to engage in software piracy. They also believe that imposing stiff sentences for piracy will allow for companies to assign reasonable prices for their software, content that they will not be losing money due to unauthorized copying.

Last updated Dec 16, 2003.