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Presentation Ethics Paper

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Nick Veenhof

on 20 July 2010

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Introduction Business Ethics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_ethics
Also called Professional Ethics (Chapter 8!)
Principles Public: Responsibility
Product: Quality
Self: Development Affected?

Are we using others as a means to an end? Virtue Ethics Example 1
Example 1 “Are companies allowed to sell
Open Source software?” “Can one founder take complete ownership of
an open source project and make commercial
profit with it without legal consequences?”. Example 2 Virtue Ethics This spirit of goodwill—the spirit of helping your neighbor, voluntarily—is society's most important resource. It makes the difference between a livable society and a dog-eat-dog jungle.” But to others, “sharing” software is like having to consent to its theft because the sharer is giving away someone’s work product, which is the result of sweat and ingenuity and which has monetary value, as well.
“Will open source inculcate the virtues of friends or of thieves?” “I bought my phone and in-therefore own my phone. Should I not be allowed to have full access to the piece of equipment if I so want? I'm not renting it, such as in the case of a cable box, nor am I leasing, rent-to-own, etc...I understand the need to block users out from certain areas of the phone for the general public to ensure uniform reliability and technical support, but as the owner of the individual piece of equipment, should HTC be ethically bound to release information on how to give me full root access to the equipment that I paid for? Am I missing something? Thoughts please.“ Gnome? Familiar?

Ximian? Example 2 Act/Rule Utilitarian Social Contract According to the Free Software Foundation, free software “is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of ‘free’ as in ‘free speech,’ not as in ‘free beer.’” Classically, free speech is understood as a right, but is this a useful way to think about open source software? Is there anything in the nature of software that would give people a right to it in the same way that we have a right to speech? What is open source? Licenses?
What can be achieved with licenses?
Is writing an unethical license allowed? (See the license of apple for restricting software from their apple store. Open Source From a Act and Rule Utilitarian Perspective
“Is human knowledge advanced by full and free access to all information, allowing engineers and developers to correct and improve on already existing systems? Or does a lack of strong protection for IP discourage innovation by removing the financial incentive for developing it?”
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