Internet Business of BUG Inc.
BUG, Inc., a company based in Any State, U.S.A., designs, manufactures, and sells electronic recording devices. These devices are used by law enforcement agencies (police, FBI, etc.) to intercept and record sounds and voices. The equipment taps into telephone wires, cell phone transmissions, and picks up sounds and voices through the walls of a house or in open-air locations through the use of a remote microphone. Part of the equipment is driven by software written by BUG employees. BUG has exclusive contracts with most state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. BUG is thinking about expanding its sales to international markets. Currently, half of its manufacturing plants are in foreign countries and half are in the U.S. The company’s logo is a ladybug wearing a set of headphones.
a. Define the different type(s) of legal protections BUG should have for its intellectual property. Explain why these protections are necessary.
b. BUG has come to you for advice regarding interstate and international e-commerce. BUG wants to sell its products via the Internet. BUG is concerned about privacy, security, infringement issues, and email contract validity. BUG is also concerned because a company that buys famous and/or company name domain names seems to own the rights to the domain name BUG.com. The company is willing to sell the domain name for a high price. Advise BUG on all e-commerce issues that could possibly affect the company. Be detailed in your response.