Cyber Law And Ethics

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1.  (a) Have DRM systems gone too far, as some critics claim?  Recall the 2005 Sony BMG copy protection case involving the controversial “rootkit” problem (examined in Scenario 9-2). (b) Should Sony have been allowed to use a DRM system that cannot easily be uninstalled when circumstances warrant it?  (c) Do companies like Sony need strong DRM systems to ensure the protection of their intellectual property rights?  (d) What kind of compromise position might be reached between users and content owners in the ongoing debate about DRM systems?  Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (comprehension)

2.  (a) Describe some concerns involving pornography in cyberspace. (b) Why was the Communications Decency Act (CDA), sections which were designed to protect children from concerns about pornography on the Internet, so controversial? (c) Why was it eventually struck down? (d) Why were both COPA and (portions of) CPPA struck down as being unconstitutional? (e) Should they have been declared unconstitutional? Defend your answer. Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (comprehension)

3   (a) What is sexting, and what challenges does it pose for prosecuting current child pornography laws?  Recall the examination of the sexting incident at Greensburg Salem High School, PA (in Scenario 9-3). (b) Should the teens involved in that case have been subject to felony charges under existing child pornography laws?  Explain.  Please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (knowledge)

4   (a) Describe some of the issues underlying the free speech vs. censorship debate in cyberspace. (b) What is meant by “free speech”? (c) Describe the differences between what Catudal calls “censorship by suppression” and what he calls “censorship by deterrence”? (d) Is this distinction useful for understanding some of the complex issues surrounding censorship? Defend your answer and please elaborate (beyond a yes or no answer) and provide your “theoretical” rationale in support of your responses. (comprehension) LO 9