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The New Communications Technologies, 5th Edition by Barbara Morgenstern, Michael Mirabito

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4        Computer Technology: Legal Issues, Y2K, and Artificial Intelligence

The previous chapter introduced us to computer technology. This chapter focuses on related topics. These include legal issues, a potential millennium nightmare, and artificial intelligence. The latter has implications that cut across technical and philosophical fields.

LEGAL ISSUES

Software Piracy

A challenge facing the computer industry is software piracy, the illegal copying and distribution of software. It is an economic issue—potential revenues are lost or stolen—and a matter of intellectual property rights. A panel convened to examine this situation suggested that the U. S. government should increase its “antipiracy efforts” and “strengthen the enforcement of intellectual ...

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