Copyrights

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Copyrights

Copyrights





Technology is an important aspect of human life that no one is capable of halting or even
slowing down. As human life develops and becomes fuller with the pleasures of life, it is
inevitable technology will continue to grow exponentially. Unfortunately, many people
would like to believe that while technology is advancing, certain industries and
businesses are suffering. The invention of the MP3, and the peer-to-peer file sharing
technology is just a new ‘enemy' in the eyes of big business and a scapegoat for
copyright infringement, just as the cassette tape, the radio, and VHS have been in the
past. In the 2001 Information & Communications Technology Law Journal, Vol 10, No. 3
author Maria Anestopoulou attempts to connect the relationships between the newfound
popularity of the MP3 (file sharing) and the legal implications of copyright infringement
that accompany them. Through explanations of the technology and the analysis of the court
cases against companies like Napster, Anestopoulou's article, Challenging Intellectual
Property Law in the Internet: An overview of the legal implications of the MP3 technology,
tries to give the reader an understanding of the benefits the internet presents to the
world, while causing the facilitation of copyright crimes.

As stated in the abstract, Anestopoulou's article "Attempts to provide an understanding of
the contrast between the fundamental notion surrounding the Internet that global society
should benefit from access to free flow of information whilst unauthorized copying of
material normally protected by copyright can be facilitated." (1) The essence of the idea
presented in the abstract can first be seen in the article's explicit title of Challenging
Intellectual Property Law in the Internet: An overview of the legal implications of the
MP3 technology, this title in itself is crisp and clear, giving the reader a clear view of
what they can find in the article and a very basic idea of what the author's general
abstract and hypothesis could possibly be. Beginning with the introduction, the ideas of
the abstract are adhered to as Anestopoulou quickly covers the topic of the premier idea
of the internet which is that "Global society should benefit from access from the vast
potentialities that it offers," (1) she then goes on to cover the implications of
copyright infringement that come with the benefits the internet offers explaining that
"This power provides a contrast in that it can also facilitate the unauthorised copying of
material normally protected by Intellectual Property Law." (1) The author gives a clear
overview of the article in the introduction, while tying the principles of the abstract in
as well, summarizing the problem that the MP3 technology has caused, while briefly
mentioning the lawsuits brought forth against Napster and mp3.com, the clarity of the
overview Anestopoulou presents can be seen through this quote:

The controversy surrounding unauthorised copying of material is centred
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