SEC575 Information Security Law and Ethics
Week 5 Discussion
DQ1 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN AN INTERNET AGE
The Internet revolution brought with it a flood of intellectual property issues. We all know about the rise and fall of Napster and the efforts of next-generation file-sharing programs to build pure person-to-person networks. Our text discusses DeCSS software that can defeat anticopying protections on DVDs. Internationally, the problem has exploded, with knock-off software programs available throughout China and much of the Far East.
What can intellectual property owners, particularly the creators of music and movie entertainment, do to protect their copyrights?
Are international trade agreements likely to be effective in protecting copyright holders?
DQ2 "SUCK SITES," FREE SPEECH, AND METATAGS
The Internet is the new soapbox anyone can use to voice an opinion. With that being the case, can a website that is critical of a business use the trademarked name of the business? Can those critical of the commercial practices of a business use the business's name and also employ metatags to draw browsers of those who input the business's name in the search engine?
Which value should receive the highest weight—the right of a company to protect its trademark or the right of unfettered free speech in the marketplace?