Shaye Trenda

ITS 380

Submitted on 2/14/18

Chapter 8: Ethical, Social, and Political Issues in E-Commerce

C A S E    S T U D Y    Q U E S T I O N S

1.      Why did TPB believe it was not violating copyright laws? What did the Swedish court rule?

They stated that TPB was a search engine providing search services, such as Google or Yahoo do. They claimed that they were not responsible of the content that the users searched and downloaded. The Swedish court declared that the founder were guilty of violating the copyright policies, and sentenced them to one year in prison and a payment of $3.5 million.

2.      How has TPB managed to continue operating despite being fraud in violation of copyright laws?

TPB was able to appeal the courts and none of them had to go to jail or make the payment. They use more secure locations and made copies of the programs in different countries in case their servers in Sweden are confiscated.

3.      How has the music industry reacted to the problems created by pirates like TPB?

The music industry has taken several actions to prevent piracy cases. However, the industry had to switch its distribution model, since most of the market wanted to obtain a digital copy rather than the traditional CD.


2. Develop a list of privacy protection features that should be present if a Web site is serious about protecting privacy. Then, visit at least four well-known Web sites and examine their privacy policies. Write a report that rates each of the Web site on the criteria you have developed.

∑         Protection of payment information

∑         Protection of customer confidential information

∑         Limit the access of other companies to the customer information

∑         Do not sell private information to others

Google 7: It is a safe place, but it shares/sells personal information to private companies that will have access/knowledge of your characteristics

Facebook 5: Same case than Google, plus they permit other companies to have access to your personal information such as your profile, messages, friends, etc.

Amazon 8: Secure and private. Their only issue is that they control your behavior too much to offer you more products.

NY Times 8: You can navigate and read articles without need of registration. However, they use cookies and it is complicated to determine how much information about you they store.

4. Visit at least four Web sites that take a position on e-commerce taxation, beginning with the National Conference of State Legislatures ( and the National Governorís Association ( 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.

Both the NCSL and the NGA are proponents of Internet taxation. Organizations opposing Internet taxation include the National Taxpayers Union ( and Citizens against Government Waste (, among others.

Arguments in favor of taxation of e-commerce: