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Amber Steimer Media Outlaws December 19 2012 Argument and Analysis: Copyright and the 1St Amendment The corporate world has led developments in copyright law, which favors curtailment of fair use this is according to McLeod. Another side of the copyright law is the fair use, which aims to protect innovations by encouraging them through reproduction and use of parts of copyrighted material (Public Law 112 - 131)…
Though McLeod rightly claims that our rights under the 1st Amendment have been curtailed through a rise in copyrighted material, he is wrong to include in his arguments gathering and protection of personal information for homeland security purposes. McLeod notes, “Information about citizens is collected by private companies and guarded for corporate purposes, or the use of the highest bidder” (245). The “Multistate Anti-TeRrorism Information eXchange (MATRIX) is such a program. With the MATRIX program, the US government collects information from private databases and uses it to its own ends” (McLeod 245). Though McLeod is not completely wrong to point out and argue against the dangers of this innovation. The MATRIX program implies that most of the information that was previously public is now proprietary thus it is privately owned. MATRIX collects data on every citizen. According to McCleod, “MATRIX collects a wide range of data, including pictures of the subject, one’s neighbors and family members” (McLeod, 245). Also, this information is proprietary. ...
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