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Old 08-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Giggleton View Post
Hi everyone!

Todays problem involves a book that I and many others wish to read. It is of course as the title suggests out of print. My library has a copy which is listed as library use only. It is the type of book that would require me to copy the entire contents and take this copied version with me as I travel, in order for me to maximize the books utility.

Is it ethical/moral for me to copy this book?

If so, is it more or less ethical to either hand copy the book or use a machine to copy the book?

Once the book is copied would it be ethical for me to post this copied version of the book onto the network so that others can make use of this book?
Giggleton is temporarily suspended at the moment, but no doubt he'll be back eventually.

Giggleton also has not mentioned whether the book in question is still in copyright. As his questions have obvious and uncontroversial answers if the book is out of copyright, I will assume he's talking about a book that's still in copyright.

So my answers are

(1) No.
(2) Makes no difference.
(3) No.

If Giggleton bought a second-hand copy of the book (rather than borrowing it from a library) that they either retained or destroyed, I would say

(1) Yes.
(2) Makes no difference.
(3) No.
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