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Is downloading songs off of Napster morally acceptable I Utilitarianism II Deontological The court ruling violates Napsters First Amendment right of free speech An order to shut down Napster would silence the entire Napster community violating the users free speech rights as well Napster has not violated any laws Users are not direct copyright infringers because they are covered by the immunity granted by the AHRA Audio Home Recording Act This act explicitly allows unlimited copying for personal use Section 1008-immunizes all non-commercial consumers copying of music in digital or analog form IIIDecision Its always been said that if you build a better and more sophisticated rat trap you only develop a better even more sophisticated rat The same goes for Napster If you shut Napster down the servers--which were streamlined under the Napster umbrella--wont stop working In fact downloading will continue on with little or no hiccup from Napsters doom Now users will just seek out a bigger and better Napster copycat File swapping is no different than copying a VHS tape or burning a CD with a CD burner or even using a copy machine to copy pages out of a book All three are a form of copyright infringement yet is covered under the AHRA as legal as long as its for personal use Shawn Fanning creator of the Napster monster isnt responsible for what users do with the information pulled off of his server If so does it also mean that I can sue the Nissan car company if someone runs their Sentra into my living room No The car company is not liable after the consumer takes the vehicle So should it be for companies such as Napster Another approach to place blame would be to look at the companies who make the machines and devices that record or burn files Most consumers today wont even purchase a
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