Nathan Magnuson




Case Study

Swedish court says that the four founders are guilty of violation Swedish copyright law, and were sentenced to one year in prison. The site encouraged users to engage in breaking copyrights rules. One statement from the founders was that they could not control what the users would do with certain information on their site, even though some of the information could have been viewed as illegal/shady.


1 In the ruling against the founders of Pirate Bay, the sentencing said that the founders created a site that encouraged users to break copyright laws and provide the tools to do so. Thus, there is an assumption that users could participate in breaking rules if a site/company gives them the opportunity to do so.

5 Sites have trackers and search engines will remember past searches. Combine that with the fact that your internet partner still has access to all the ip addresses that you visit, which you donít really know what they will use with that information. Also, ads related to your searches could pop up on any site you visit.

10 Safe Harbors allow the use of information or actions to be done and viewed to not violate a rule/law that would normally make it illegal to do. Overall reason to do this is needed and conduct must be done in a certain manner.

15 Cybersquatting usually encompasses the act of sitting on site names/domain names with the intent to sell them later. Multiple domains are usually purchased at a low price then sold to a large company later for a huge profit. The US rules it to be illegal if the purchasing of domains is in bad faith.

20 Fair Use is typically used in schools and universities a lot to allow the furthering of education by being allowed to use information while giving accreditation to those you had it in the first place. However, pictures and other sources of information can be found on search engines under the fair use doctrine for educating the public and at times offers artist/writers free advertisement and publicity.


Most web browsers offer private searches where the search engines are not able to save information on what the user searches, but that does not mean that the internet provider doesnít have access to such information. Website also offer popup blockers that help keep some more ways to track consumer interests. There are really no other ways that a site could make the user feel more secure using their site, even if they made it so. How do the users know for certain that the websites will keep with whatever features and policies that they create?