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[quote] On 2003-06-29 12:07, Frank Tougas wrote: The fact of the matter is that ethics and legality are not the same. If you willingly buy an item with the intent to run off copies and resell them, that is unquestionably against the law. Most would also agree it is unethical. What if you ran off copies for your friends and did not sell them. Technically that is not illegal since they are not copied for resale and fall under the banner of making copies for "educational" purposes, but it is still unethical. What if you decided to lend your book or trick to a friend to use, read, or do, in a show. Not illegal - what is that? unethical? an act of kindness? the camaraderie among fellow magicians? I think it is a question that can never be answered satisfactorily and for all to agree - ethics are personal decisions based upon what one feels is right or wrong. Some are more ethical than others. I do, however, think it is a pie-in-the-sky notion to those who invent tricks or write books that they can somehow control what happens after the sale. As a result, I feel they should sell things with the clear understanding that once purchased their right to contro has ended and there is now a new owner. Good or bad, right or wrong, that owner is now free to do what he or she wishes even if it is unethical. Even sadder is the fact that magic represents so little in the way of financial gain for the inventor and/or writer - the legalities will also tend to fall along the wayside. Thoughts? [/quote]
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