Re[9]: Ethics of Creativity vs. Theft

Michael Hamende (HamendeM@CTS.DB.ERAU.EDU)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 08:10:38 EST

Ken Said:

"Okay. Maybe it's better to ask if the student's nontraditional
approach to the assignment, the response of some of the student's
classmates to that approach, and the discussion it all generated here
have opened up the possibility for expanding/modifying concepts of
ownership? If yes, then how do we both propose to modify concepts of
ownership and address the legitimate complaints of the students who
followed the more traditional approach as well as others who would
question changing definitions of ownership."

Oh, Yes I think they have. I think that cloud is on the horizon and
will need to be addressed soon, if not already. Your second question
is a huge one. And I do not have any definitive answers. Given what
the teaher said about his intent, I don't think the students have a
legitimate concern.

If we are playing basketball and have played basketball for years and
then suddenly switch over to this new game called, hmmm, full contact
basketball, can we complain that this new game has different rules? I
think the complaints of the rest of the students are based in the fact
that the rules changed and no one told them. When maybe they were
supposed to figure that out on their own. Hmmm, do a little original
thinking maybe?

Mike Hamende