Technology Troubles

BY: jose caraballo

scenario

James, an entrepreneurial 16-year-old high school junior, has discovered a market for his bootleg copies of current movies downloaded from an Internet site. Through word-of-mouth advertising at school, James has developed a market for his DVDs and is enjoying his newfound income. Sharon and Jeanette, business law students, observe James selling the DVDs to a group of freshmen and believe that he may be engaging in illegal activity. After much consideration, the future attorneys decide to disclose James’s activities to a school administrator. The police are called. James is questioned and his parents are notified.


Questions

1. What creations do copyright laws protect?

2. Who can initiate legal action against James?

3. What duties do Sharon and Jeanette have as responsible consumers?

4. What ethical issues are involved in this situation?

5. Could James’s parents be questioned? Could they be culpable for his actions?

6. What punishment and penalties could James face?

7. If this case goes to trial, what court would hear the case?

Answers

1. Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. This definition is directly taken from the U.S. Copyright Act.

2.the copy right author

3.the have to do the right thing and tell the police

4.should James be copyright

5. parents can be questioned as well as friends

6.200 to 150000 for each work.

7.federal courts

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BIG QUESTION

Has James broken the law?

yes he had he could go to court and have charges put agitated him.