1. Why did TPB believe it was not violating copyright laws? What did the Swedish court rule?
TPB was a search engine that provided the network results for the desired content. TPB did not own any content or have its own network. The owners felt they should not be liable for search results and each sites content. However, the Swedish court found the four owners guilty of violating copyright law. The fact that the owners knew the website was created for this purpose and were profiting from it was the basis for their verdict.
2. How has TPB managed to continue operating despite being found in violation of copyright laws?
TPB remained in operation by constantly relocating in various European countries until it was raided in December 2016. The group Anonymous revived the site seven weeks later.
3. How has the music industry reacted to the problems created by pirates like TPB?
The music industry had to change their business model and go digital with their content distribution. The business model had to expand to include pay-per-download, subscription, and cloud based streaming models.
4. Visit at least four websites that take a position on e-commerce taxation, beginning with the National Conference of State Legislatures (Ncsl.org) and the National Governors Association (Nga.org). You might also include national associations of local businesses or citizen groups opposed to e-commerce taxation. Develop a reasoned argument for, or against, taxation of e-commerce.
Due to the increasing popularity of online shopping, e-commerce taxation is necessary. The revenues lost to the local shops impacts the state more than a loss on sales tax. E-commerce presents issues with potential increased unemployment if local shops are forced to close. It is an unfair disadvantage for the local businesses. Online shopping is known for finding the lowest prices and no sales tax; it is easy to see why the incredible amount of growth in this area of commerce. The monies collected from the internet sales would benefits state budgets and avoid raising taxes elsewhere to supplement for the loss. E-commerce brings up issues with tax loss and tax evasion, who is responsible for collecting the tax? The debate as to who is responsible and how to simplify the tax system are two vital areas the government needs to define.