Richard A. Spinello

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It is rare that an antitrust case against an American company generates much interest outside of the corridors of the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Yet the contentious case of the United States of America vs. Microsoft Corporation has captured the attention of ordinary citizens all over the world. The stakes for both parties are enormous. If(More)
This paper uses two recentworks as a springboard for discussing theproper contours of intellectual propertyprotection. Professor Lessig devotes much ofThe Future of Ideas to demonstrating howthe expanding scope of intellectual propertyprotection threatens the Internet as aninnovation commons. Similarly, ProfessorLitman's message in Digital Copyright isthat(More)
As the World Wide Web has grown in popularity, the propriety of linking to other web sites has achieved some prominence as an important moral and legal issue. Hyperlinks represent the essence of Web-based activity, since they facilitate navigation in a unique and efficient fashion. But the pervasive activity of linking has generated notable controversies.(More)
What exactly is <i>Cyberethics</i>? How did the field develop? What are some of the central issues and themes in this field, and what methodologies are used by those working in this area of applied ethics? These and related questions are considered in the readings included in Chapter 1. It is perhaps important to note at the outset that the field that many(More)
<i>Morgan:</i> Intellectual property issues that have arisen at Berkeley are not related specifically to copyrighting and licensing of computer software. Our impetus to begin this effort did not, in fact, come from the success of VisiCalc. It came in late '82 and '83, when there was a great deal of interest within the UC system about some of the(More)
The primary theme of this paper is the normative case against ownership of one's genetic information along with the source of that information (usually human tissues samples). The argument presented here against such “upstream” property rights is based primarily on utilitarian grounds. This issue has new salience thanks to the Human Genome Project and(More)
After reviewing some of the difficulties caused by spam and summarizing the arguments of its defenders, this paper will focus on its present legal status. It will then dwell on spam from a moral point of view and address some of the ethical implications associated with transmitting this unsolicited commercial e-mail. It will attempt to sort out the(More)