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What are the ethical issues related to downloading shareware or copyright?


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Downloading shareware doesn't carry any ethical questions, because it's meant to be shared.

Downloading copyright-protected software is legal with a license, and illegal without one. But since it's virtually impossible for rightsholders to "catch" all the infringing activities, it's beholden upon the individual to do the right thing even without the threat of punishment.