Google Seeks to Exploit Sony Cyberattack for Its Own Self-Interest
The Sony cyberattack - apparently state-sponsored - obviously raises solemn concerns, including national security and the very safety of American citizens.
Accordingly, immediate public discussion should focus primarily upon the gravity of the attack and how the Internet, one of the most transformative and beneficial innovations in human history, can sometimes become a tool for those with destructive and even deadly intent. While Sony Pictures, its employees, and its customers were the immediate victims this time, the reality is that this could happen to anyone and any enterprise. In fact, such attacks on other companies and individuals occur at an alarmingly accelerating pace.
Leave it to Google, however, to attempt to profit from the attack and leverage it on behalf of its own…[more]
This month, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet conducted an important hearing regarding what’s known as the “first sale” doctrine, with particular focus on its application in the current Internet era.
So what is the first sale doctrine, and why would extending its application to digital works be a bad idea?
Broadly speaking, copyright law rightfully protects creators’ ability to determine the manner in which their works are distributed. If you create something, fairness generally dictates that you…
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