Intellectual Property Theft Case Study

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1. Why do you think that countries like China and other poor or developing nations are havens for intellectual property theft and film/video pirating?

In China and other poor nations IP laws are either non-existent or not enforced. For instance, Chinese government has no interest in enforcing these laws, since Chinese businesses hold few copyrights (and those are rigorously protected). They see protection of intellectual property as a responsibility of the countries who want to conduct business in China.
Additionally, the demand for new movies, music and software is high and people want to have them as soon as they appear on the market. In many developing countries piracy is not seen as inherently wrong. It is seen more like a “luxury” that
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How can we reduce intellectual property theft and pirating?
Many people, even in wealthier countries do not see intellectual property as a “victimless crime”. Educating public about the harm of pirating might reduce demand for pirated copies. When it comes to countries whose governments refuse to adequately protect intellectual property, economic sanctions should be imposed.
I also believe, that companies that are concerned with the infringement of copyright and spending a lot of money lobbying for tightening IP regulations, should realize that new globalized world is the world of staggering inequality. Selling something for $20.00 when it could be downloaded for free or a pirate copy could be bought for much less, in the countries where $20.00 buys much more than it buys in the West is not a very effective strategy. Changing their pricing policies and pricing their products cheaper in the poor countries might prove to be more effective in combating piracy. Being able to afford a licensed copy people would have no need to look for a pirated
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has been slow in preparing and therefore remained vulnerable to cyberattacks for many reasons. Trying to find ways to control cyber-attacks against the military networks, the U.S. government faces dilemmas of balancing issues of security and militarization of the cyberspace, citizens’ privacy and surveillance. Also, lack of clear rules and guidelines as to addressing cyber warfare, classified character of the activity of the agencies involved in creating new regulations to address cyber warfare contributed to the delay in the streamline of the military’s ability to attack and defend the cyberspace.

3. How has the Internet influenced the distribution of power in the 21st century? Think about the balance of power between strong and weak countries/terrorist groups and countries and individuals, as illustrated in the Bradley Manning affair (see article).

As the case of Bradley Manning proved, the Internet has made it possible for one person having access to classified information to jeopardize the national security of the United States. Even if Manning’s intent was not to aid the enemy, the Internet has made it possible for the stolen classified information to become available to anyone, including as we further see, Osama bin Laden and his

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