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1.       TPB did not for one minute really believe it was not violating copyright laws. They simply tried to get off on technicalities. The Swedish courts ruled correctly that TPB was engaged in an “enterprise” to infringe copyrighted intellectual for profit.

2.       TPB continued by moving its servers in secret repeatedly.

3.       The music industry has reacted to pirating in two ways. It has changed its pricing model to be much more competitive, thusly reducing gigantic revenues from the past for content access. Also, they have correctly changed their delivery methods to change from a focus on physical delivery of content to include a heavy dose of digital delivery to accommodate the needs and tastes of today’s consumers.

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1.       “Show most relevant results” and “Filter explicit results” are Google’s SafeSearch filters. The pros of show relevant is that you will get more results and a discerning young adult will be more likely to get to the information they are seeking. The con is that there is a lot of dicey information that will get through as a result that is not suitable for younger children. The pro of filter explicit is just the opposite; excellent blocking of objectionable material occurs, but at the expense of some material that may be borderline objectionable and of interest and use to more mature juveniles. Five questionable terms that may be filtered, but may also be approved by parents are traditional curse words such as damn, the f-word, s*** (excrement), t*** (female body part), and p*** (urine). The reason for parental approval of such words is because people are becoming more abrasive, generally speaking, and the use of such words is, sadly, becoming more commonplace (even though I thoroughly disagree!).

4.       After visiting four sites regarding e-commerce taxation, I believe that taxation should occur. It should occur for several reasons. One is fairness to traditional firms. They must pay taxes and so why shouldn’t an e-commerce vendor involved in (interstate) commerce? There is also fairness in regards to jurisdiction; tax advantages geographically are part of our economic system and must be adhered to for competitive advantages and disadvantages. Another reason is that infrastructure, like roads for transportation of all goods, supports firms that conduct the exchange of goods and services and this infrastructure needs to be supported by firms as well, not just the taxpayer.