Online Books Available For TOP Download The Immoral
Being a student myself I can agree this is an issue which needs to be addressed. Every student is aware of the first point of view presented by the article which suggests sharing and downloading e-books is equivalent to stealing. However, the dramatic cost rise in text books and ease with which an electronic copy can be downloaded and shared makes every student look past this moral dilemma. The obvious solution would be dramatically reduced the cost of e-books to an amount which would be affordable to every student. The approach I am suggesting is very similar to music apps like Spotify which promote legal music at a low cost and is hence extremely popular. Such an approach will attract large volume sales.
Online books available for download The Immoral
I think that it would be immoral to illegally download a textbook as it will deprive the author of money that could otherwise have been paid to them. Ideally this information would be available freely and would benefit everyone, however if an author publishes a book and charges for it, then to download said book illegally is stealing and should be regarded as such.The comparison that a library is the same as online file sharing is incorrect as libraries still purchase the books that they have, as such the author will benefit unlike with file sharing.
I live in Bangladesh. In my country, I don't get authentic, high quality foreign books about science, philosophy, psychology etc. Even if some bookstores sell those books, the price due to import tax is too high to afford. For this reason, it has become quite a culture for nerds like me, to download free PDF of those books from internet, read them directly or get them printed in local printing house and then read them.
The Internet has been around for almost 50 years now, and one thing that has remained apparent in its use is a large indifference to copyright laws. Infringement on copyright has become more than simply routine; many consider it perfectly acceptable to download or distribute copyright music, movies, books. Copyright infringement is a task made much simpler as technology has advanced, yet more and more people seem to find nothing wrong with this. It raises a question: is copyright morally justified?
I was always told that downloading music was wrong, because it was considering stealing to do it and consequently morally wrong . But You raised some interesting point of views on this topic. I think that if it was such a huge loss of money for the music industry, they wouldn't post their musics online and would try to avoid internet as much as possible.
I like your approach of the situation since I've always been persuaded of the complete opposite. After reading the post, I can understand that the question isn't perfectly decided and there's a place for debates. Even though it gave me some doubts, I still think this type of music download is not that most ethical. The industry of music is a lot more than the principal artist who puts his name on the track, it is a mix of creativity, marketing and engineering which makes the question a bit more difficult to answer. Benefits made of online music must be really helpful to pay all the persons who work on these tracks.
Maybe. Distributing copyright-protected books and papers is illegal in most countries, so running a website like Library Genesis or Sci-Hub is definitely illegal. There have been numerous successful court cases against LibGen and Sci Hub, but they have not been shut down yet.Is using Library Genesis illegal, though? In theory yes, but as far as we know no-one has ever been charged or convicted with downloading PDFs from these sites.Elsevier seems to be of the opinion that linking to a site that links to copyright protected material is also illegal, despite having done so themselves in the past (Cabanac, 2016). Make of that what you will.
Now! A confusing part of all this is the Internet Archive also lends books from its own site. And this is a slightly different model because in addition to the three kinds of books above, there is also a HUGE print-disabled collection that is not-DAISY, just available to qualified print-disabled users (I am one of the people who can qualify people, they have a whole system set up). This has been, up until recently, also fine.
But! The National Emergency Library (NEL) made a bold move and decided to basically make the huge amount of books (some definitely newer where authors and publishers very much care about copyright) in the print disabled collection available for lending. You can read a long FAQ here.