Intellectual Property Legislation and Social Media

Intellectual property legislation faces new challenges posed by social media, especially in the area of copyrights. The magnitude of Internet publishing, coupled with the potential for viral transmission of published content, means that there may be many potential risks to intellectual property rights. For example, the law prohibits the recording of live music performances and the sale of those recordings. With access to social media sites, these recordings can be shared with the masses with a click of a button. Broad access to technology increases challenges to protecting against copyright infringement.

For this Discussion, select a current piece of U.S. legislation related to regulation of intellectual property. Consider how the legislation you select may be applied in a social media forum.

Post by Day 2 a description of the piece of legislation you selected. Then explain how this legislation may be applied in a social media forum. Finally, explain how social media might contribute to intellectual property theft.

One and a half page with at least two references….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the readings for this class

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


  • Course Text: Taylor, R. W., Fritsch, E. J., & Liederbach, J. (2015). Digital crime and digital terrorism. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 11, “Law Enforcement Roles and Responses”
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