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Trusting And Non-Trusting On The Internet Symposium: Trust Relationships, Tamar Frankel Apr 2001

Trusting And Non-Trusting On The Internet Symposium: Trust Relationships, Tamar Frankel

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The Puzzle: The Internet is a wonderful innovation, allowing people around the world to communicate, trade, and obtain services. Convenient and rich in choices and opportunities, the Internet is tremendously attractive to buyers. Naturally, businesses are flocking to the Internet. The warning has been sounded that those who do not stake a claim in this incredible new communication medium will be left behind to perish. Yet, with all the enthusiasm, many buyers hesitate to take a serious plunge. Businesses are told repeatedly that they must obtain their customers' trust, yet find it more difficult to gain this trust in cyberspace ...


Is Napster A Vcr? The Implications Of Sony For Napster And Other Internet Technologies, Stacey Dogan Jan 2001

Is Napster A Vcr? The Implications Of Sony For Napster And Other Internet Technologies, Stacey Dogan

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The staple article of commerce doctrine must strike a balance between a copyright holder's legitimate demand for effective-not merely symbolic-protection of the statutory monopoly, and the rights of others freely to engage in substantially unrelated areas of commerce.

In Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, the Supreme Court created the copyright version of the so-called "staple article of commerce doctrine."'2 Its stated objective was to strike a balance between the incentive objectives of copyright3 and the interests of the public in access to new technology.4 As defined by the Court, the doctrine prevents copyright holders ...