Illegal downloading

“A victimless crime is a legal offense to which all participating parties have consented” (dictionary).  Is illegal downloading a victimless crime?  According to the definition, illegal downloading is not a victimless crime.  In order for it to be a victimless crime the person or company who has the legal rights has to give their permission to you in order to download what it is you are downloading. 

    Is illegal downloading different from stealing? No it is not.  Stealing is taking someone’s property without consent and having no intention of returning it.  That is exactly what you are doing when you are illegally downloading material.  However many people believe that it isn’t stealing.  According to a Rutgers Law School professor stealing is taking something and depriving them of that thing (Couts).  He believes that illegally downloading is not stealing.  In reality it is.  You are depriving that person/company of money that they would make on that product.

Couts, A. (2012, March 30). Illegal file sharing isn’t ‘stealing’: Here’s why. . Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/illegal-file-sharing-isnt-stealing-heres-why/

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/victimless+crime

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MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Classes) can work but only to a certain extent. It is a great idea but in order to make it work and successful it is up to the people who are interested in the classes to follow through and make it work.  Online classes are a great idea because it can be easier and more convenient for people who are busy and cannot have a set schedule.

Sebastian Thrun “aspired to give people a profound education” (Chafkin).  He wanted to give others the chance to an education they might never have gotten the chance to receive.  In an interview with MIT Technology Review IT Editor Rachel Metz at Udacity’s office in California Thrun was asked “Where do you see Udacity in five years?” He replied that he saw it becoming a university of the 21st century (Insights).   However, recently he has changed his mind.  His data wasn’t adding up with what he believed.  Only about ten percent of people who took the course actually passed.  The numbers weren’t as high as he hoped. “They weren’t educating people the way that they had hoped” (Chafkin).

http://www.fastcompany.com/3021473/udacity-sebastian-thrun-uphill-climb

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/sebastian-thrun-moocs-not-effective-for-undergraduate-education-after-all/