Team B Reflection: Week 3 IRAC Brief
Copyright issues are becoming more and more prevalent with technology becoming more involved and more people learning how to use it. When something has a copyright it means that it cannot be copied because someone owns the rights to it. The owner or creator is the only one that can duplicate the item in question. It is considered illegal and if someone else duplicates an item unless the person that has the copyright gives permission they can be sued. While when copyright issues arise most people think of music and movies but anything that has a copyright can be infringed upon. As in the case of Lexmark International, Inc. versus Static Control Components, Inc. where Lexmark accused Static Control of copying something that they had a copyright on.
Lexmark an inkjet and laser manufacturer filed a lawsuit against Static Control Components, a producer of wide range of technology products including microchips at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky claiming Static Control Components had violated the copyright rule and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to Lexmark, Static Control had copied their toner loading program and sold products that evaded Lexmark's authentication series. On the other hand, Static Control Components countersued Lexmark claiming Lexmark involved itself in misleading advertisements which was against the Lanham Act. According to Static Control Components, this act of Lexmark had caused its company a great loss of sales.
In the case of Lexmark International Inc. v. the Static Control Company, the rule of law that applies to this case is the Copyright Act of 1976 and Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Copyright Act of 1976 protects owners developed technological products or software from being altered or copied by unauthorized personal. Under the Digital Millennium Act it is illegal for anyone to circumvent, distribute, or sale to the...