Technology over Time
Information Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and has been for quite some time. Everything from information storage capabilities to processing speeds are advancing in performance, costs, and quality. Naturally, the laws governing use of technology, relative to the ever-increasing, “blurred lines” of ethics, must improve also. The “No Electronic Theft Act of 1997” (NET) and the “Electronic Funds Transfer Act of 1978” (EFT) are some examples of recent improvements to law, and in the case of the EFT Act, new law written.
No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997
The “No Electronic Theft Act of 1997” was a recent amendment to the U.S. Copyright Law. Congress convened and decided that some changes needed to be made in order to keep up with the pace of changing technology; this amendment addressed some of the problems of the day— like piracy and theft. Also the amendment helped define who was guilty of copyright infringement, and who was not. The damage from piracy had grown over the years as technology had developed and improved, making it easier to produce higher quality copies of copyrighted works in different formats ("U.S. Copyright Office: No Electronic Theft Act Of 1997", 2005). Some of the technologies making it easier to pirate software include: the optical drive (ironically appearing in the U.S. in 1997), multimedia technology, hard drive technology (improved storage capacity), and software technology. Also there were technological advances in/with mobile devices, peer to peer software, wireless networks, and flash drives—all of which “greased the wheel’’ of piracy.
Electronic Transfer Funds Act of 1978
Another enactment necessitated by increasing technological capabilities was the Electronic Fund Transfer Act of 1978 (EFT). The popularization of credit cards likely prompted Congress to draw-up and approve the EFT Act of 1978. Though, not as complex as...
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U.S. Copyright Office: No Electronic Theft Act. (2005). Retrieved from
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