Copyright and privacy
A new generation of Web-connected televisions and services now allows streaming and sharing of television shows, movies, and music over the internet. One of such a product is Google television (Google TV), manufactured by Sony Corporation in collaboration with internet giant Google. Google TV has liability to inducement of copyright infringement through secondary liability, contributory liability, and vicarious liability. The major problem in this case is the infringement of copyright and privacy and contravention of foreign countries’ national dignity and religion, especially through video sharing.
To minimize these legal risks, the managers of Sony Corporation and Google should seek legal authorization from the concerned parties before posting any content for sharing and viewing on Google TV. Government regulatory agencies and laws affect organizations by creating boundaries within which the organizations can run. The Federal Communications Commission for instance, assigns radio spectrums to television, radio, and cell phone service providers.
Suppose this commission did not exist, we would have conflicting organizations trying to use the same frequencies making communication unreliable. The differences between domestic and international regulations governing organizations are generally disparities of degree, not kind. Member countries have to consent to international organization regulations for them to affect the organizations within that country. In the final analysis, I will analyze tort risk exposure with regard to the Sony Corporation.
This corporation is at great risk for accusations of copyright as tort: it is liable to the infringements of third parties where “it distributes devices with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement. ” (Rebecca, 2005). There has been a longstanding confusion regarding how Sony’s technology should be applied to peer-to-peer technologies that are legal, yet Sony’s provision of the needed devices may render them liable for inducement of copyright and potency infringement.
To prevent these risks, Sony Corporation of America management should seek the clarification of the Supreme Court of the United States on copyright and patent regulations while at the same time avoiding violation of other companies’ copyright and patent rights.
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