Computers, Information Technology, the Internet, Ethics, Society and Human Values

Philip Pecorino, Ph.D.

Queensborough Community College,  CUNY

Chapter 5 Intellectual Property


A company sets a group of programmers to a rather large task in developing a set of interrelated programs to handle various activities of the company.  The programmers look at the software available on the market as they go about their work and find a rather useful set of instructions or program contained in a software program readily available for sale in the market place.  They are thinking of using those instructions (the code) in their own program. 

What harm is there in that?  Is there anything morally incorrect in their doing so?

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