Legal Issues

The Internet has changed the nature of entertainment and information distribution. Prior to the Internet, people illegally copied music from each other and “mixed” their own tapes with selections from multiple sources. They also shared books and copied articles for each other. These copying efforts were done one at a time. Currently songs, databases and computer source code posted on the Internet are available to millions of people as opposed to one by one. Thus infringements on copyrights can have an enormous impact. The question of what constitutes property in cyberspace is at the center of Napster, Mp3.Com, Incorporated and other law cases encompassing information and databases on the Internet.

The MP3 case involved copying ...

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