WEEK 8 - BLOG EXERCISE
Read the article below for background information, and then answer the question on
your blog on Interact.
CYBERTHEFT: IT’S A BIG DEAL
One of the World Wide Web’s most attractive features, easy access to a universe of
information and data, is also one of its greatest vulnerabilities. Computer users can easily
access, download, copy, cut, paste, and publish any of the text, pictures, video, sound,
program code, and other data forms available on the Internet. An inherent conflict of interest
prevails because of the consumer’s appetite for data and the creator’s right to remuneration
for original work.
Copyrights provide an economic incentive for the development of creative works in
literature, computer applications, and the performing arts. For instance, songwriters in the
United States are paid royalties by radio stations for broadcasting their copyrighted musical
works. Because of copyrights, it is illegal to make and sell an authorized duplicate of a
commercial CD, video, or DVD. The law assures that creators receive remuneration from
sales for their investment of time, talent, and energy. The information superhighway, however,