The Morality of Lending Books
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 22 May 2011, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 22 May 2011, I answered a question on the morality of lending books.
Is it moral to lend a book to a friend? Given the intellectual property issues regarding downloading music, movies etc. would lending a book, say Atlas Shrugged, to a friend or relative be considered a violation of the rights of the intellectual property holder?
My Answer, In Brief: Yes, it's perfectly moral to lend a book to a friend. Intellectual property cannot be duplicated and distributed without permission, but a person can use his copy thereof as he sees fit, absent some further contract.
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