People Are Sharing Things That Are Illegal But Aren't Ethically Wrong, And Some Are Controversial

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On Friday, Reddit user u/bleachspot asked the question, "What is something that is illegal but isn't wrong ethically?" and people had some incredibly interesting responses.

Man in the driver's seat looking at a piece of paper
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Here's some of what people shared:

1."Playing on a playground after it closes, usually after 8 or 9 at night."

u/stinkycats86

2."Making an adaptation of a piece of media from your grandparents' childhood without a license because the creator died less than 75 years ago."

u/MrLuxarina

3."Downloading college ebooks for free instead of spending $400 on the latest version. Usually, all they did was change the spelling of a few words and called it v87.12458281648391846 of the book, then they required it for your college class."

u/Knightraiderdewd

4."Paying for someone else’s parking meter."

u/PunMatster

Two people standing at a parking meter pay station
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5."Downloading from Sci Hub. People shouldn't have to pay to access scientific knowledge."

u/swan_tanya

6."Living off the grid without a permit."

u/RevDLB

7."Credentialing laws for things that don’t carry much danger if you do them incorrectly — for example, requiring a license to be a florist."

u/ResponsibleAd2541

8."Pirating media that isn't available for purchase in your area. You weren't going to get my money either way."

u/Aarondhp24

9."Loitering in a park. I've always wondered why this is illegal in some places. The point of a park is to loiter."

u/FireRussoNow

Smiling man wearing a hit and sitting on a park bench holding a cellphone
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10."In many municipalities, 'tiny' homes are illegal."

u/CrazyOkie

11."Withdrawal of care for terminal illness in some places, unfortunately."

u/analog_or_digital_ok

12."Some people may disagree with me, but making photocopies of sheet music."

u/thedeathbypig

13."Jaywalking and crossing the street on a red light, as a pedestrian, when there are no cars around."

u/ChibiSailorMercury

Man crossing the street at a crosswalk against a red light as a car goes by him
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14."Taking food — from an employer — when it was about to get thrown away anyway."

u/ChibiSailorMercury

15."Sleeping in your car."

u/why_yer_vag_so_itchy

What about YOU? What's illegal but isn't ethically wrong? Let me know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.