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Computer Ethics- Intellectual Property

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Becca Shepler

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Computer Ethics- Intellectual Property

"Who Owns My Words?
Intellectual Property Rights
as a Business Issue" Article by Daphne A. Jameson
Presented by Becca Shepler The Music Industry Case In 2010, the mash up album All Day by Girl Talk used segments of 373 previously recorded songs by famous artists. What about the Copyright Law? Girl Talk claimed that his use of the music fell under the fair use doctrine that determines when a copyrighted work may be used by others.
Amount of segments is short.
Nature is transformative/creates new meaning.
Purpose is not to make money. It can be downloaded for free online. The Hospitality Industry Case In order to improve their luxury hotel market and enter the lifestyle hotel market, Hilton Hotel Corporation hired two executives from a competing corporation Starwood Hotels and Resorts. These execs brought documents over to Hilton containing confidential information and a set of guidelines about how to set up a new lifestyle brand. The details The two newly hired execs from Starwood authored many of the documents themselves.
The two executives were in violation of their employment and separation contracts by taking the documents over to Hilton.
Hilton hotels used the exact documents from Starwood, just omitted Starwood's name and inserted Hilton Hotel's brand name.
Exec's shared the documents with the entire Hilton company. All Hilton employees had access to the documents taken from Starwood hotels on their computers.
Starwood sued Hilton in 2009 for $150 million and the executives who "stole" the documents are pending federal charges. Why is it unethical for Starwood to penalize the two executives for using documents that THEY authored?
Explain using a natural rights argument, or John Locke's theory of property.

Why does the Natural rights argument become void in this case? Can you identify the Plagiarism that took place in this case? Would it have made it OK if the documents were never used, and only the original ideas of the two executives were implemented? Even if they were the same ideas they gave to Starwood, except not written in a document? Did Girl Talk have proper approbation?
Did he take the artists work, or build upon it? Since a larger group of people are made happy by this use of the new and free music, is it moral? (Utilitarian theory)

Does it treat the artists and producers unfairly for the happiness of the listeners? What are some consequences, effects, or results from Girl Talk getting away with making these Mash ups? Does this seem like a case that violates trade secrecy?
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