Napster Ethics. Essay

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Napster.
The music that I listen to wouldn't be found on the Napster system and even if it were, I would not use Napster to download the music for my own personal gain. I have heard of Napster, mostly through what I have heard about it, was on the news or in a couple of articles that I've seen in the newspaper. Since I never used the system, I thought it would be a good idea to see what some of my friends where doing, so I asked a few of them and with not too much of a surprise, none of my friends used the system but did mention that they to have heard of Napster. The changing way of how people are raised and the high speed changing of technology on the Internet, it was only a matter of time before someone would try to combine both their moral point of view and the use of technology to gain from someone else's hard work. I understand that you can get almost anything these days off of the Internet, with little or no cost to the consumer. I guess it would be up to the company that is advertising if they want to give away items or put a price on them. When it comes to morals, it kind of shows how one was raised and ranks up there with the old saying, that everybody has their own option. The question that is being asked, "Is downloading songs off of Napster morally acceptable" and to view this from utilitarian and deontological moral aspect. At first I though it was going to be easy to answer, but once I started looking at it from Napsters view point, basically who was trying to share a good thing which was music that most everyone enjoys. I can see the artist side, how can Napster steal from them. I don't believe that the artists are in the music business for charity, they are in it for the money and fame.
Taking the view of the artist with a deontological point of view, I will say that downloading songs from Napster is stealing. Like I mentioned before, they are not in the business to do charity work. They are in the music business to make money and of course with that comes the fame. The musicians that are producing music that is being sold in many stores and though concerts that they perform throughout the country. This is not much different than a farmer who grows produce and sells it at the market. Let me explain. How could a farmer make a living if everyone stole his produce and them turn around and sold it down the road from the farmers place? The bottom line is that the ones doing the stealing are the ones who are making the gains of others hard work, time and money. The...

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