Online file-sharing took the world by storm with the
launch of Napster® in 1999. Since then, the music and movie industries have
been in an epic battle to stop people from sharing lawfully purchased
intellectual property while figuring out how to capitalize on Internet
capabilities. This is a complicated issue with advocates on both sides.
Topic: Online File-Sharing
Identify the various stakeholders in the online
file-sharing controversy created by file sharing websites. How ethical are these
services from a free market perspective? A utilitarian or deontological one? Is
there a difference, ethically, between the copyright infringing activity of a
music file-sharing service and those who use it? What has the movie/music
industry done to stop online file-sharing? What have they done to embrace it?