Survey: File Sharing is More Immoral Than Porn

A poll conducted in New Zealand asked 1,000 people on their views regarding the morality of certain, perhaps more risky, activities.

41 percent of those asked felt that watching porn online was morally acceptable for a single person. 21 percent thought that it was morally acceptable for a married person to watch porn without telling his or her spouse, reported PC World.

Both cases above were viewed as more moral acts than downloading copyrighted music or videos onto one's hard drive. 18 percent viewed downloading music as moral, and 13 percent thought downloading video was okay.

Of course, given that the downloading of copyright music and video is against the law, and viewing porn is legal, that does fall in line with what the rule books say.

Interestingly, there seems to be a certain difference in perception of piracy whether or not videos are saved onto one's hard drive for offline viewing. The moral approval rate for watching copyrighted videos jumps to 31 percent when it is done through an online streaming website.

The twist to this, as pointed out by TorrentFreak, that many pornographic websites display copyright infringing materials.

Where does your moral compass point towards?

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  • h83r
    So torrenting copyrighted porn films is just out of the question
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  • Marcus Yam
    4treesWhats up with all the porn articles lately?

    Must be that little thing called the Adult Entertainment Expo that happened last week, sparking the media's attention towards the subject of porn.

    Those who read porn sites are probably wondering why there was such a sudden influx of news related to 3D and HD technologies -- little did they know that there was CES going at the same time!
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  • invalid777
    4treesWhats up with all the porn articles lately?


    It is what the internet is for isn't it?
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  • h83r
    So torrenting copyrighted porn films is just out of the question
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  • ethanolson
    I will tell you right now that porn can ruin lives in far worse ways than file sharing. There is a world of difference between them, and porn is worse of a thing for people to dabble in.
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  • 4trees
    I guess if I simplified the activities maybe I agree with this...
    copyright protected download ...on par with theft
    watching porn ...on par with "entertainment"

    Whether or not porn should be considered as simple entertainment is quite debatable, but that is a different moral question.

    Whats up with all the porn articles lately?
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