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Internet Copyright Laws

             A student comes home to his dorm at the University of Scranton after a rough day .
             With the quick internet connection provided on the school's network, the .
             student makes a few clicks and logs into Morpheus, a program that enables music fans to .
             download free music. Within a few minutes he is on his way to owning an unlimited .
             amount of songs at no cost. Everything this student is doing is legal, right? Wrong. The .
             downloaded music from the internet is copyrighted material. .
             Today's internet is considered an "information superhighway," a device where .
             anything from music, books, programs and information can be shared worldwide. Since .
             billions of people have the ability to access the internet, the content of the internet can be .
             difficult to regulate. One controversy which has risen because people can transmit and .
             share information broadly via the internet is that of copyright infringement. Arguments .
             over the rights to property on the internet have been heated. For example, Napster .
             (similar to Morpheus) was sued for providing software that enabled internet users to .
             download music at no cost. Since the internet is a device that is used worldwide, .
             copyright laws should exist to protect people who own copyrights so their civil liberties .
             are not infringed upon. .
             Because the internet is sometimes considered unregulated, users often assume that .
             the law does not apply to its use. Widespread misuse of people's intellectual property via .
             the internet occurs because of this belief, though anyone can access the internet. Since the .
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             number of people who have the ability to access the internet is so high, laws that are .
             made to protect people's publications in other media should also apply to protect them on .
             the internet. .
             Copyrights that protect products can sometimes be confusing to understand. The .
             simplest way to identify copyright infringement is to question if the copyright is handed .

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