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The information age is the age we live in today and with the information age comes an age of ethics When we deal with the new technologies introduced every day we need to decide what we must consider ethical and unethical We must consider all factors so that the use of the information readily available to many persons is not abused Information technology will be the most fundamental area of ethical concern for business in the next decade The most widely used tool of the information age is the computer whether it be a PC or a network of computer systems As we enter the information age the newness and power of information technologies tests the ethics of the average person not just the criminal and causes thousands of computer crimes to be committed daily The most common computer crime committed daily some aware and many not is the illegal sharing of computer software Software is any of the programs used in operating a digital computer as input and output programs as defined by Funk and Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary When you purchase computer software you purchase it with the understanding that it will be for use on a single computer once installed on that system it is not to be loaded on any other computer However many people are not aware of this understanding and many load a program on a couple of computers or on a whole network of computer systems not aware that they are committing a crime Even though you probably will not be prosecuted for loading a program on a friends computer this is where your ethics come in Do you consider anything when you share a program with others If not then consider the programmers of the software who are denied compensation for their developments every time you distribute a piece of software Why is it that people who wouldnt think of stealing pack of gum will
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