Jewish Business Ethics 101

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Contemporary Issues

Efforts to apply the principles of Jewish commercial and labor law and Jewish ethics to the complex issues faced by the post-industrial global economy have naturally yielded differences of opinion about which principles take precedence in which situations. Jewish law can be said to oppose insider trading on a number of grounds. Intellectual property rights are defended in Jewish law, making it an offense in Jewish as well as civil law to copy published literary works or recorded music or video content, or to replicate computer software beyond the provisions of the appropriate license. Such controversial practices as the sale of firearms and the subtle manipulations of advertising have drawn criticism based on Jewish concepts and values.

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