Ethical question

Is it unethical to clear the cookies on your computer in order to gain access to information on a website that limits free content?

Posted: June 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: ethics, technology | Tags: , , , , , | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Ethical question”

  1. name withheld said at 10:07 am on June 30th, 2012:

    That’s what I’ve been doing on the AP site all month …….

  2. Pastor Gene said at 11:05 am on June 30th, 2012:

    In the eyes of our beloved Savior, you would be violating the greatest commandment (love) if you knowingly and willingly cheated God’s creation. It is what is in your heart that determines if you will get to spend the rest of eternity with the ultimate source of all light. Consequently, only you know the answer to that question.

  3. Monte Carlo Gene said at 11:07 am on June 30th, 2012:

    What a stupid question. You takes what you can get as long as you don’t tell anybody.

  4. Gene, Technical Consultant said at 11:12 am on June 30th, 2012:

    You are not really stealing anything. Digital files are unlimited and the owner of the information will not lose anything if you erase your own cookies.

    You own the computer and you have a right to maintain it’s security. For that reason, you should remove your cookies on a regular basis.

  5. America's Legal Beagle (Gene) said at 11:54 am on June 30th, 2012:

    This is a classic infringement of the Copyright law. The owner of information has an automatic copyright, regardless of registration. In a technical sense, you could be subject to fines and imprisonment if you get caught.

    From a practical sense, however, the chances of anyone spending thousands of dollars to prosecute you because you violated download terms are almost zero.

    So, you would probably be OK to erase the cookies. Or better yet, go to different libraries to use different computers with different IP addresses to make your illegal downloads.

  6. Why said at 12:16 pm on June 30th, 2012:

    did you just tell everybody how to do it, LOL?

  7. Smart Information Provider (Gene) said at 12:41 pm on June 30th, 2012:

    Nobody is going to beat me. I have my files locked up with 48 bit encryption and various bits of it spread over hundreds of servers in a world wide cloud. To access it, you must pay for a password, and it meters the exact number of bytes that you unlock and download. After you’ve used your allotment, you will not be able to sign on until you buy another password. I could care less about your computer cookies.

  8. Dr. Sigismund Schlomo Freud said at 1:01 pm on June 30th, 2012:

    It is my conclusion that Gene clearly suffers from a pronounced Mutiple Personality Disorder. Therefore Gene cannot be held accountable for his/her actions if one or all of the Gene(s) clears cookies and gains access to information on a website that limits free content.

    In effect, it’s ok for Gene but probably not for us. Ultimately, it’s up to the site regulating the info to decide what they are willing to tolerate. They are well aware that this activity occurs, and have means if they choose, to employ stricter security measures.

  9. Give me milk with that cookie said at 2:49 pm on June 30th, 2012:

    If your intent is to get something for nothing..possibly but if the owner of the site is aware of the flaw..and allows it…What is the harm? You are still going to their site, they should utilize it to the max! Advertisers will pay more for that opportunity to be seen often! Advertisers pay big bucks to be seen!

  10. Chris said at 3:16 pm on June 30th, 2012:

    If they didn’t ask you to accept their cookies in order to access the information, then you’re free to delete them. Actually, most computer privacy companies advise deleting cookies regularly. That will however change once we enact to Cookies Protection Act.

  11. Had Enough said at 10:55 pm on July 2nd, 2012:

    Discussing ethics on a politics blog just makes me feel so…….well, dirty. I’m going to take a shower now.