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Defines copyright law. Discusses potential liability of third parties such as Web hosts and Internet Service Providers (ISP). English/American history of copyright law from books, to music, movies, Internet. Difficulty of enforcing copyright on regarding Internet. Issue of photocopying. Contributory infringement. Secondary infringement. Current copyright law. Court cases. Napster.
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In less than a decade, the Internet has gone from a little-known novelty used by computer scientists into a ubiquitous tool throughout America and the world. This growth can be attributed, in large part, to the fact that the American government adopted a laissez-faire approach, which allowed Internet users to create and define the medium. That lack of regulation, however, also has created tremendous opportunities for abuse, especially of copyrights. This paper will examine the issue of copyright infringement on the Internet, and the potential liability of third parties, such as Web hosts and Internet Service Providers (ISP).
Copyright is exactly that—the right to copy a given work. At its birth more than 300 years ago, it referred only to written work. Indeed, even today, written works are what spring to mind when

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