Is Joe is breaching indirect or direct infringement by developing the sharing website

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LAW 421: Week Two Team Paper

Joe comes up with what he believes to be a great idea. He creates a website called www.mediaandstuffshare.com, which allows users to connect with one another to distribute and share various types of files; everything from spread sheets to media content. Joe bases his website on a software template obtained from an old copy of OpenNap and the website www.megaupload.com. Joe does not have the current ability to verify any content between users. While Joe believes that his idea is “great” the legality aspect of his website must be taken into consideration. Throughout the following paper it will be discussed what copyright law is and what it means for Joe’s website. Is Joe is breaching indirect or direct infringement by developing the sharing website? If Joe is in fact breaking the law unknowingly will be protected by what is known as a Sony Exception? Or is Joe’s new website perfectly legal and going to revolutionize file sharing?

3 pages

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