Copyright Infringement and the Internet Essay

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Copyright Infringement and the Internet: Sharing Protected Materials through Social Media
Frank R Palazzo
Information and Social Media
USFLIS4930
University of South Florida
June 22, 2014

Introduction Since the creation of the Internet, copyright laws are losing their significance due to the difficulty of enforcement of these laws and finding a viable source of infringement. According to United States and most international law, a copyright is established as soon as the original work is created (Hawkins, 2011). Enforcement of copyright law in the age of information is proving to be extremely problematic, tracing the source of the infringement and proving that infringement has occurred can be very difficult and expensive. In
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Since most individuals in the United States and other developed countries own personal computers almost anyone can copy and distribute material protected under copyright law; even if a copyright holder could prove that they indeed held proprietorship of the material in question and that the alleged individual violated their rights of proprietorship under copyright law, in most cases, what would they gain? The answer to this question is that in most cases the expense and effort of pursuing private individuals for copyright violations would not justify the end results. This is obviously a conundrum for copyright holders, do they just allow their material to be unlawfully accessed and forfeit compensation or do they seek a more tangible target to receive reparations for their rights violations? Discussion In the landmark case, " Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & others v iiNet Ltd"(Australia), the complainant-Roadshow Films Pty Ltd. & others (as represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, referred to as AFACT) attempted to hold the internet service provider iiNet Ltd. responsible for alleged copyright infringement by users of the file downloading and sharing site called "BitTorrent”. AFACT used the findings of the "Morehouse, Angus and Robertson Publishers vs. The University of New South Wales" case as a precedent to justify the validity of their suit. In this landmark case the judge ruled that the University of New South

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