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Legal and Ethical Issues in Multimedia Use
A review of several legal and ethical issues concerning the use of multimedia.
# 153474 | 935 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Computer and Technology (Technology)

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This paper discusses the various legal and ethical issues surrounding multimedia use that include the issue of privacy, the issue of commercial misappropriation where a company will misuse an individual's image, and finally, the issue of copyright. The paper argues that with more individuals using multimedia in the current day and age, the need for the sensitization of the public on how to handle ethical as well as legal issues surrounding multimedia cannot be overstated.

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A Discussion

From the Paper:

"One of the most major issues in multimedia use is the privacy of an individual in the current day and age where miniature microphones and cameras are becoming more common (Dittmann, Katzenbeisser, Uhl 266). Indeed, a look at this issue from either side (ethical and legal) shows significant variation of arguments. Though the constitution is largely silent on what constitutes an invasion of privacy, we have in the past seen courts pass rulings to the effect that the privacy of individuals should be respected. Hence in that regard, the release of information deemed to be private to the public in regard to a specific individual can attract legal sanctions. The ethical question that remains unanswered here is; what if withholding such information will be injurious to the public? For instance, while it may be illegal (in some instances) to release private (probably recorded) information regarding an evangelist who is having multiple sexual affairs, releasing such information may be the right thing to do after all; from an ethical but not a legal point of view.
"However, when it comes to intrusion, ethical as well as legal considerations seem to be in the same wavelength. It is important to note herein that intrusion is a form of privacy invasion. For instance, it is neither legal nor ethical to broadcast images from a private residence without the explicit permission of the owner (s)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dittmann, Jana., Stefan Katzenbeisser and Andreas Uhl. Communications and Multimedia Security. Birkhauser, 2005
  • Stamatoudi, Irini A. Copyright and Multimedia Products: A Comparative Analysis. Cambridge University Press, 2002
  • Woodcock, Leone. "Legal and Ethical Issues in Multimedia: A Technical Perspective." Australia: School of Multimedia and Information Technology. Southern Cross University, 2000

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