Donna Romano
AET/531
September 9, 2013
 Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world;
however they did not act ethically. In December
2008, Wal-Mart settled 63...
 The managers were the one’s acting
irresponsible and unethically. Changing the time
cards, making the employees work off...
 Intellectual Property is the same as owning a car or a
house. Information obtained from the Internet is
someone's intell...
 Copyrights protect the works of others under the
term "authorship". Items such as works of arts,
writings, and music are...
 Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including images, text,
illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, programs, vid...
 Determining the number of words or phrases taken from
a copyrighted piece of work is somewhat ambiquious,
therefore the ...
 All materials on this Site — including, for example, all of the page headers,
images, text, illustrations, formats, logo...
 The privacy of students' and users of various
websites is very important. More important is the
policy that describes ho...
 We welcome your comments regarding the Site; however, all comments, feedback,
postcards, suggestions, ideas, or other su...
 Walmart - Terms of Use. (2012). Retrieved from
http://corporate.walmart.com/terms-of-use
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Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Modern Technologies

  1. 1. Donna Romano AET/531 September 9, 2013
  2. 2.  Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world; however they did not act ethically. In December 2008, Wal-Mart settled 63 laws suits that spans over several years across 42 states accuses Wal- Mart of cheating workers on pay. The settlement cost Wal-Mart $352 million. Based on comments made by Wal-Mart attorneys and spokespeople, it was clear that the company realized that they acted unethically.
  3. 3.  The managers were the one’s acting irresponsible and unethically. Changing the time cards, making the employees work off the clock, is not something that should be done at all. When the managers altered the time cards, they were thinking about now and not the consequences they were going to have to pay. The managers were only thinking about the now and maybe not what the company wanted them to do but they did a selfish act and it hurt the company.
  4. 4.  Intellectual Property is the same as owning a car or a house. Information obtained from the Internet is someone's intellectual property and cannot be used without consent. Taking someone's information or intellectual property is just like breaking into their house and stealing their television or any other piece of property. It needs to be protected just like any other type of property. There are ways that one can protect their property such as using patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets. Internet users must understand the different types of property protections and what they must do to use the property if it is at all possible.
  5. 5.  Copyrights protect the works of others under the term "authorship". Items such as works of arts, writings, and music are the most popular copyrighted items. Copyrights last for the life of the author plus 50 years and are registered in the Library of Congress. Technology has made authorship accessible for any one; an e-book of 5000 works can be written, published, and registered in the Library of Congress. Users of copyrighted items must receive approval from the author.
  6. 6.  Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including images, text, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, programs, video clips and written and other materials that are part of this Site (collectively, the "Content") are copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and/or other intellectual property owned, controlled or licensed by Walmart, one of its affiliates or by third parties who have licensed their materials to Walmart, and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The compilation (meaning the collection, arrangement, and assembly) of all content on the Site is the exclusive property of Walmart and is also protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. © 2012 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7.  Determining the number of words or phrases taken from a copyrighted piece of work is somewhat ambiquious, therefore the term" fair use" cannot be easily defined. As a result fair use is associated with infringement. Permission to use one's work is not as simple as acknowledging them as a source. The copyright office cannot grant permission. Understanding fair use is critical to protection of intellectual property. There are certain situations that constitute fair use of copyrighted material; according to the copyright law section 107 reasons such as teaching, comments, criticism, news reporting, and research are authorized as fair. Four factors are listed in the copyright law, sections 107-118 that further explains fair use.
  8. 8.  All materials on this Site — including, for example, all of the page headers, images, text, illustrations, formats, logos, designs, icons, photographs, programs, and video or audio clips (collectively, the "Contents")— are intended solely for personal, non-commercial use. You may access, view, download, print or copy the Contents and other materials displayed on the Site for your personal, non-commercial use only; provided, however, that you (1) retain all copyright, trademark or other proprietary designations contained on all Contents; (2) do not modify or alter the Contents in any way; and (3) do not provide or make available the Contents to any third party. No right, title or interest in any viewed, copied or downloaded Content is transferred to you as a result of your use of this Site. Walmart owns and reserves all rights, title and interest in and to the intellectual property rights in any Content you access on this Site.Any other use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display, or performance, of the Content on the Site is strictly prohibited. Walmart and Wal-Mart are registered trademarks of Walmart. Walmart may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of this Site, including the availability of any features of the Site, at any time and without notice.
  9. 9.  The privacy of students' and users of various websites is very important. More important is the policy that describes how a company will protect the privacy and rights of its website users. As users enter sites they want to know that their personal information is stored or discarded and will not be shared without prior consent. Additionally, any information collected will be used appropriately and the site has systems in place to protect the website.
  10. 10.  We welcome your comments regarding the Site; however, all comments, feedback, postcards, suggestions, ideas, or other submissions disclosed, submitted or offered to Walmart on or by this Site or otherwise disclosed, submitted or offered in connection with your use of this Site (collectively, the "Comments") shall be and remain Walmart's property. Such disclosure, submission or offer of any Comments shall constitute an assignment to Walmart of all worldwide rights, titles and interests in all copyrights and other intellectual properties in the Comments. Thus, Walmart will own exclusively all such rights, titles and interests and shall not be limited in any way in its use, commercial or otherwise, of any Comments. Walmart will be entitled to use, reproduce, disclose, publish and distribute any Comments you submit for any purpose whatsoever, without restriction and without compensating you in any way. For this reason, we ask that you not send us any comments that you do not wish to assign to us, including any confidential information or any original creative materials such as stories, product ideas, computer code or original artwork. Walmart is and shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any Comments in confidence; (2) to pay to user any compensation for any Comments; or (3) to respond to any user Comments. You agree that no Comments submitted by you to the Site will violate any right of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary right(s). You further agree that no Comments submitted by you to the Site will be or contain libelous or otherwise unlawful, abusive or obscene material. You are and shall remain solely responsible for the content of any Comments you make.
  11. 11.  Walmart - Terms of Use. (2012). Retrieved from http://corporate.walmart.com/terms-of-use

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