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Summer 2002 – RIAA files suit against four
people for music piracy
RIAA requests user information from
Verizon did not comply
RIAA sues Verizon
Supreme Court rules in favor of Verizon
Courtney Meyers – Political Science /
Kenneth Taylor - Political Science
Zach Thomas – Chemistry
Lawson Doyle – Business Management
Matt Sullivan - Business Management
1.Should the recording industry be granted
information about users of peer to peer software or
Courtney Meyers – No, not if the clients had signed a confidential
contract and had a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Kenneth Taylor - No, I believe that it is a privacy issue. It should
never be assumed that a consumer consents to having their
information used in ways outside of their consent.
Zach Thomas - That should be the policy of the individual P2P
software firm. I'd like to see IP laws change, because there are other
pathways for musicians and movie-stars to be paid.
Lawson Doyle - No, it takes away from people's privacy.
Matt Sullivan - No. The RIAA has no right to personal information
unless it is provided directly to them from the user. Downloading
music is illegal, but the RIAA does not have the right to infringe on
individual privacy when there was no direct theft from them.
2. Do you think users of such programs should be held
responsible for stealing music?
Courtney Meyers - No, because copyrighted music is a corrupt
system, it isn't the creator of the music benefiting, but recording
industry. Downloading of files promotes the artist.
Kenneth Taylor - No, I believe only those who provide the service
should be held responsible.
Zach Thomas - Not unless they are trying to sell it.
Lawson Doyle - No, it has grown to such an extent that a great
majority of people are responsible.
Matt Sullivan - I don’t think there is any good way to properly judge
and punish every single person who “steals” music.
3. Should employers, university's, or other institutions be
allowed to fire or penalize people for the content of
their myspace or facebook pages?
Courtney Meyers - Yes, when working for a private company a
person’s reflects on that organization. An organization has the right
to penalize someone for displaying unethical, illegal or irresponsible
behavior on the Internet.
Kenneth Taylor - Yes, as an employee your actions reflect those of
the company. If the content could do harm to the integrity of the
organization, I believe they should be able to take action.
Zach Thomas - What you put on social networking sites is pretty
much public information, but I don't think you should be penalized
for your political or religious information .
Lawson Doyle - If they can access the page that’s fine, but using a
person’s friends as a “backdoor” should not be allowed.
Matt Sullivan - If you state where you work on your myspace page
then you are representing the company and they should be
allowed leverage over you. You pay universities tuition, so they
should have no say over your myspace content.
4. Do you feel it is ethical for google and other search
engines to supply data, such as email or search
engine queries, to the U.S. government?
Courtney Meyers - Yes, as long as users of google and other search
engines know that data may be monitored.
Kenneth Taylor - Yes, the information that is provided is open and
free to the public.
Zach Thomas – Yes, and the government will keep tabs of google
searches no matter how illegal it is.
Lawson Doyle - I only think it is unethical if the information is of
individuals and not anonymous.
Matt Sullivan - No, but much of what the government does isn’t
ethical. People actually assume their information is secure, so if their
privacy was to be compromised by giving their data to the
government that would be a breach of trust and an ethical impass.
5. Should google even keep records of such
Courtney Meyers – Yes, by monitoring this information, google is
better able to improve their product and grow advertising revenue
by figuring out how advertisers can reach their desired audience.
Kenneth Taylor - Yes, any information that is given and used by the
Federal Government should be recorded and released at a later
date for accountability purposes.
Zach Thomas -I'd like for it not to, but it's not a public utility, google
owns the information. The world of no privacy is scary, but if you
don't like it, don't google anything.
Lawson Doyle - Yes, only if personal information is not stored.
Keeping personal information that is not permitted by the user is a
breach of their privacy.
Matt Sullivan - I think they should keep whatever records they feel
like; as long as they keep the information for internal use, no harm is
6. The U.K. allows its law enforcement agencies access
to the content of private computers via spyware
without a warrant. Do you think this could happen in
the U.S.? Should it?
Courtney Meyers - No it won't happen here. The British have a very
different form of government. It has no written Constitution, and the
laws are such a journalist can be arrested on one government
officials belief that a story is treasonous.
Kenneth Taylor - I believe that this could possibly happen here in the
U.S. although I do think that it would be a clear violation of the
Zach Thomas - I don't like it, but I absolutely think the US government
is doing that.
Lawson Doyle - It could happen, but I strongly disapprove of it. It is a
deceitful and unjust means of operation.
Matt Sullivan - Accessing computers directly is a blatant invasion of
privacy. If there is a place where the government, including law
enforcement, should stop it should be at the access point to a
7. The FBI uses a similar keylogging trojan called
lantern, which some antivirus programs have chosen
to ignore when checking for viruses. Should the
creators of the antivirus programs protect their users or
aid the FBI?
Courtney Meyers – The programs should not detect the FBI
keylogger, but the keylogger should only be used with a warrant.
Kenneth Taylor - I believe that upon principal the producer should
always protect the consumer as it relates to the product.
Zach Thomas - I would like the antivirus programs to protect the users
as a matter of principle, but it's not going to happen.
Lawson Doyle - They should protect the users, until the virus is
accredited and lawful. I believe the FBI is wrong for monitoring the
internet in such a deceitful manner.
Matt Sullivan - They should protect against the FBI because the user
pays for virus protection, which includes Trojans, no matter who
writes or uses them. No hacking or virus writing is legal.
8. Overall, do you feel privacy should be protected
online? If so, how much?
Courtney Meyers - As I stated earlier, there are many problems with
current IP laws. However, I don't believe one should blanket the issue
with a concrete answer on an organic topic.
Kenneth Taylor - I believe privacy, such as any other civil
liberty, should be protected by the government.
Zach Thomas - Privacy should be protected online to the extent that
certain types of information gathering should be illegal google
searches, for instance.
Lawson Doyle - Yes, I think it is very important. There is no reason why
privacy on the internet should be any different than other common
forms privacy with U.S. citizens.
Matt Sullivan - I think all privacy that travels over hard lines is by law
required to be protected.
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Courtney P P NP NP NP NA NP NA
Kenneth P P NP NP NP NA P P
Zach P P NP NP P NA P P
Lawson P P P P P NA P P
Matt P P P P NP NA P P
P = In favor of privacy; NP = not in favor of privacy; NA = Not applicable