Ethical Analysis

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1) Identify the ethical actor (who took the action that you will subject to the ethical test. Almost all situations have multiple ethical actors, including the "victim". Pick one, if available, whose action is not clearly ethical or clearly unethical; these make for more interesting discussion)
I choose the British government as my ethical actor.

2) Identify the action that is being reviewed for its ethical consequences/nature (being specific as to the action allows application of your ethical standard).
Pressuring torrent sites to shut down.

3) Select an ethical test. Include the applicable provisions of that ethical test (you can use any ethical test you feel applies, including and not limited to the cowboy code, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, the ACM code of ethics, the class' ongoing ethics standard, etc.)
Utilitarianism is the best test to use for this action. It is only concerned with the outcome of an action, and maximizing utility.

4) Apply the specified provisions of the ethical test you selected to the specific actions you are testing. Is the action ethical, unethical, both ethical and unethical, ethically neutral, etc.?
I believe this action is unethical. The government is more concerned with the rights of a select few holding copyrights over those of the masses which do not. The government is pressuring torrent sites to close down before a law has even passed declaring them illegal. Furthermore, I believe torrents are ethical. It is a technology that is often associated with illegal activities, but is not always. Making copies open to the masses does not necessarily harm copyright holders. It may in some cases limit revenues, but for most downloaders, they would not purchase the copyrighted material regardless. Public libraries have lent out books for years and used items are sold and given away constantly, without ever being…...

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