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The internet has slowly crept up on us in the last 10 to 15 years and there are now legal issues about intellectual property and wether the internet should act as a common carrier or a publisher let me explain A telephone company for example is a common carrier If an obscene caller is bothering you the phone company will co-operate with police but nobody thinks its the phone companys fault some creep keeps calling you Magazines and newspapers act as a publisher They are legally responsible for their content and can be sued The internet however acts as both a common carrier and a publisher When it acts as a common carrier for example chat rooms forums and bulletin boards the rules of the common carrier would apply When it acts as a publisher like articles or information the website have written and edited themselves it makes sense the rules of publishing would apply but isnt that simple to classify the internet Right now on the popular search engine Google there are approximately 4285199774 WebPages on the database and Google searches less then a quarter of pages on the internet And dont forget every day thousands of websites launch With all those WebPages on the internet it would be impossible to classify the every single page with humans OR with a computer application since theres not enough CPU power in the world to power a classification system like that Now that I have talked about general copyright and plagiarism on the internet I will talk more specifically on internet music downloads In the music industry various artists work hard in order to make music that many people enjoy listening to They then sell their music to record companies such as Arista RCA Warner Brothers and Jive just to name a few These record companies make multi million-dollar deals with these artists with the intentions that once they distribute the artists music
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