Business Tort and Criminal Liability Discussion

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Can you help me understand this Law question?

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

  • In what ways has the internet and modern technology increased the potential for business tort and criminal liability?
  • In what ways has the internet decreased these risks to businesses?

Angela Masters

Respond to the following in a minimum of 100 words:

  1. There is the issue of data breach liabilities
  2. Providing access to indecent material by electronic service providers
  3. Cases of copyright infringement by different people on social media and websites

First there is the issue of copyright infringement. This is a criminal case where if a person takes the work of another person and publishes it on a website as theirs then they will have infringed on the copyrights of the original publisher. This happened to an MIT student before and it shows that with the creation of the internet people are now taking intellectual property that belong to other people and posting it up as their own properties. This is confirmed by the following statement;

"Criminal charges also were dismissed against a graduate student at MIT who made space available on an anonymous ftp Internet server for other persons to exchange pirated computer programs infringing copyrights."(Perritt, 2019)

There is also the issue of data breaching which is rampant in the current economy. Most companies for example Facebook have access to a lot of details of people and sometimes these companies either easily issue these details to other people or they might have their systems breached by hackers and the details of the clients they have leaked out to the general public as was the case for Facebook in the recent past. This can lead to a whole class of civil lawsuits against the company for breaching the confidentiality agreement that they made with the their clients and that can cause the company a lot of money.

Kathryn Harris

Respond to the following in a minimum of 100 words:

Michael Carneal was a 14-year-old freshman student in high school in Paducah, Kentucky. Carneal regularly played violent interactive video and computer games that involved the player shooting virtual opponents with computer guns and other weapons. Carneal also watched video-recorded movies and Internet sites. Carneal took a .22-caliber pistol and five shotguns into the lobby of Heath High School and shot several of his fellow students, killing three and wounding many others. The three students killed were Jessica James, Kayce Steger, and Nicole Hadley.

The parents of the three dead children sued the producers and distributors of the violent video games and movies that Carneal had watched previous to the shooting. The parents sued to recover damages for wrongful death, alleging that the defendants were negligent in producing and distributing such games and movies to Carneal.

Are the video and movie producers liable to the plaintiffs for selling and licensing violent video games and movies to Carneal, who killed the plaintiffs’ three children?

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Running head: BUSINESS TORT


Business tort
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Business torts refer to wrongful acts one to a business that causes damages to the
business. Business torts often escalate to criminal liability when the offended business moves to
court to seek compensation for damages caused. The internet and modern technology has today
increased the potential for business tort in various ways. The internet and modern technology has
made it easy to publish information that reaches a large number of people. A business tort that
can emerge from using the inter...

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