Computer Ethics

Searching the Internet is often the quickest and easiest way to obtain information as you can find news, reviews, tutorials, photographs, music, movies and software. For example, you could use the Internet to search for information for a school or college project, or illustrations to include in an office presentation.

It is also possible to download music and movies from various Web sites without payment. However, you should be aware that information found on a Web site is legally owned by the person who created it or by the Web site that published it. You may need the permission of the author or the publisher to use this information.

This lesson explains the meaning of intellectual property on the Internet and how unauthorised use of intellectual property can lead to copyright violation. It also explains the various legal concerns associated with information exchange.

On completion of this lesson you will be able to:

  • Explain intellectual property and copyright as they apply to computing.
  • Identify the various acts of copyright violation and measures to prevent those acts.
  • Identify the legal concerns that are associated with information exchange.

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