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Question Posted Sunday April 17 2011, 2:40 am


I want to read a book on Ayurveda but it is not available. I have tried to search on a lot of websites but neither the print nor an ebook edition is available. But the book is there on a lot of websites for free download. Would it be unethical to download when a book is not available by any other means ?

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Additional info, added Sunday April 17 2011, 11:33 am:
Hi, sorry for the confusion but i meant a specific book on Ayurveda and not just any book. The exact name of the book is "Ayurvedic Health Care for the prevention of disease and reversal of imbalance with maharishi ayurveda expert" by Nancy Lonsdorf.
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adviceman49 answered Sunday April 17 2011, 10:11 am:
I looked on line and found that had 2 new and 8 used copies of the book available at the time I am writing to you. New the book was $72. and used was around $30.

So my answer is that since the book is available for purchase you would be violating copyright to download it.To violate the authors copyright is not only unethical it is also unlawful.

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CynanMachae answered Sunday April 17 2011, 7:26 am:
This is an answer that's not really an answer... sort of. I think that only you can decide what's ethical for you, depending on your own moral compass. (Although, there are PLENTY of people who would be happy - thrilled - to tell you how to think and how to act.)

I bought a lifetime license for a software utility and one day they changed their idea of what lifetime means and wanted payment for major version upgrades. For me, it's the right thing to buy, but there are going to be exceptions, like what what happened to me and the other lifetime license holders.

I guess what I'm saying is that each individual has to decide what's right for them, and that this moral code can't be carved in stone because there could be circumstances that might change your thoughts in a particular situation.

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