Intellectual Property & Piracy


Thesis Statements:

Intellectual property rights should be respected and defended with strong laws and punishments enforced by the government.

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Current intellectual property rights laws are inadequate and unenforceable in the electronic environment and will negatively impact the development of new technologies.

Some of the issues in this argument:

What is intellectual property and who owns it?
What is fair use?
Can traditional copyright law be applied to digital media? Does it address the issues of new technology?
Should intellectual property be protected under the law?
How important is content to the development of new technologies?
Has the technology revolution progressed so rapidly because of the lack of regulation?

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