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Survey: File Sharing is More Immoral Than Porn

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

Napster bad! Porn good!

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 , January 15, 2010 7:40 PM
    So torrenting copyrighted porn films is just out of the question
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    Marcus Yam , January 15, 2010 7:46 PM
    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 , January 15, 2010 7:50 PM
    4treesWhats up with all the porn articles lately?


    It is what the internet is for isn't it?
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    h83r , January 15, 2010 7:40 PM
    So torrenting copyrighted porn films is just out of the question
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    ethanolson , January 15, 2010 7:40 PM
    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 , January 15, 2010 7:41 PM
    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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    Marcus Yam , January 15, 2010 7:46 PM
    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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    Hanin33 , January 15, 2010 7:48 PM
    the morality police is out for this one...
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    invalid777 , January 15, 2010 7:50 PM
    4treesWhats up with all the porn articles lately?


    It is what the internet is for isn't it?
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    rickd_2689 , January 15, 2010 7:53 PM
    Tom's didn't use to have so many gutter articles. What's the deal?
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    ctbaars , January 15, 2010 8:13 PM
    Sex sells
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    Anonymous , January 15, 2010 8:25 PM
    Porn is not degrading to anyone. A better way to put it would be that while there may be participants being degraded, it is of their own volition. If you choose to be degraded, or better yet, both choose AND enjoy being degraded, then I see no harm.

    In certain cases, I also see no harm in downloading copyrighted material. For instance, I see no harm in pirating PC games, given the number of bugs and incompatibility issues that seem to find their way into even the most simplistic of games. Couple that with the great difficulty in returning a game that does not work on your PC, whether it's your PC or the games fault, and treating game downloads as if they were "shareware" with the intent to buy the game later on if it functions correctly is morally OK in my opinion.

    On a similar note, downloading music to see if it's worth owning or not is also not against my moral compass.
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    joebob2000 , January 15, 2010 8:27 PM
    The twist, I believe, is that this survey was done in *New Zealand*. That might pass for informative if you live in New Zealand, or maybe Australia, but certainly not the world at large.
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    avatarprime , January 15, 2010 8:28 PM
    Yes, better that everyone pretends a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry doesn't exist.
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    rooket , January 15, 2010 8:28 PM
    Hence forth why the industry still prospers. Contrary to popular belief, most people go legit.
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    nevertell , January 15, 2010 8:33 PM
    *insert something bad here* is worse than porn.
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    efeat , January 15, 2010 8:53 PM
    I'm glad I viewed this article solely for lulz I got from the motivational poster.
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    chainsaw667 , January 15, 2010 8:55 PM
    Stop the bus.
    So downloading and watching copyrighted porn is better then infringing on a more mainstream copyright? Porn Videos have copyright too. If you expect me to believe that all the porn mentioned was paid for, I have an island to sell you.

    If porn is so evil why is it still around after all these centuries? Simple answer is we like it, we like it a lot. Like cannabis we like it but don't want anyone else to know we like it, so we lie when asked question on the topic.

    Not too far in the distant past bibles had erotic art on the edges of the pages, Bibles with their own porn, Amen.

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    megamanx00 , January 15, 2010 9:03 PM
    WTF! Seriously, WTF!
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    FoShizzleDizzle , January 15, 2010 9:42 PM
    Marcus, do you realize how many porn related articles you post?
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    ravewulf , January 15, 2010 9:58 PM
    ctbaarsPorn is immoral by virtue that it degrades anouther.Piracy is illegal. It is theft which is immoral.


    Not all of them, not by far. Some of them are quite intimate and respecting of the persons involved
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    xaira , January 15, 2010 10:17 PM
    i saw that movie, teagan should have gotten more scenes, love the poster btw, i watch pron, and torrent like a mofo, keez, pornhub, scrapetorrent btjunkie, demonoid, tube 8, i hit them all, in a moral sense, i would have 2 agree that pron is the greater evil, how many of us pirated soldier boys first single? an effn lot of us, he is still a millionaire, ive never heard of someone missing out on life because theyre at home downoading copywrited materials, thats just my 2 cents.
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