I have problems explaining to my 9 year old daughter that my not helping her download songs from the Internet is due to ethical issues […]
Michael “explains” to his daughter that apparently, law and ethics are synchronous movements:
I try to explain to her that copyright infringement is a crime, even if everyone does it.
Michael then “explains” the importance of how others may perceive him:
I explain that as a Patent Attorney, I help people protect their intellectual property, so I cannot have illegal software on my computer, including illegal downloads.
First, Michael should ask himself why he has trouble explaining the “ethical” problem of file-sharing. Second, he should cease fearing hypocrisy. After all, what his daughter does is a matter of copyright law, not patent law. Perhaps Michael isn’t seeing this because he’s been blinded by “intellectual property”.
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