Internet domain names are linked to trademark issues. Technology makes it easy to copy and distribute music and movies without paying royalties. Business conducted on the internet raise security and privacy issues. What legal concerns are raised by these issues? Predict which of these issues will be of major concern in the future in regard to the law and business practices.
Guided Response: Review your peer’s posts. Respond to at least two of your classmates by Day 7 describing whether you agree with their predictions or if you see the issues differently. Explain.
1st response Brian:
Internet domain names are linked to trademark issues. Technology makes it easy to copy and distribute music and movies without paying royalties. Business conducted on the internet raise security and privacy issues. What are the legal concerns raised by these issues?
In a simple form, these actions are theft of intellectual property from the artists or creators of the property without their legal consent. In 1998 President Clinton amended The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which further protects intellectual property and copyrighted material. This act implemented huge fines to the individuals that were involved in the act of stealing copyrighted material without the consent of the owner. The Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 was an attempt to further deter individuals from stealing intellectual property from the internet. This act raised the amount that could be fined per offense. Each offense could be subject to pay anywhere from $750 to $30,000. When I say each offense, it means every single song or movie that was illegally downloaded could be charged anywhere from the amounts listed. If you downloaded 100 songs illegally and were sued by the copyright holder, you could be ordered to pay damages anywhere from $75,000 to 3 million dollars. A few other acts that were implemented to try and deter individuals from illegally downloading copyrighted material are the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). These acts were an attempt to stop search engines from allowing illegal downloading sites to be found through their search engines. These statutes were a good effort, but by much public and private protest, these acts have yet to make into law.
Predict which of these issues will be of major concern in the future in regard to the law and business practices.
My personal belief is that business that is conducted on the internet will raise security and privacy issues. I don’t think this type of cybersecurity is going anywhere. Just the other day, while using google chrome, I received a notification that my saved passwords and personal information were at risk due to a security breach to Google’s servers. If one of the most powerful tech companies in the world has a security breach that could potentially leak your information, then nothing is safe no matter how well you think your cyber information is protected. It is all too often that we see in the news that a major companies customer information has been hacked and that anyone that has bought something from that company may be at risk. For every good person that is trying to protect your cyber information, there is a bad guy trying to steal it.
2nd Response Frankie:
This discussion reminds me of the 321 Studios X-Copy software that came out in the early to mid 2000’s. It was a software that allowed users to copy their dvd’s. The movie industry responded with fierce litigation against the company. I can remember hearing about the court proceedings when a 321 attorney asked a movie industry representative if a person should have to go back out and spend $20 or more to purchase another dvd to replace a damaged one. That movie representative without pause and or any hesitation responded with an emphatic YES. Has we all know the movie industry won and 321 studios was forced out of business. A few of us still own a stand alone copy of the software but computers have moved on from XP and unless you have a machine that runs that O.S. the software is pretty much useless at this point. Ironically now most movies are now on streaming services. So will the movie industry now try the same tactic with streaming services? How is Disney + or Netflix or Amazon Prime going to police members allowing others to access their plans and view preferred selections? It is the same paradigm has making a copy using the 321 studios software and letting a friend borrow the movie. Time will tell.
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