Business Law Case Brief Case Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984). Rules of Law of the Case Copyright Law/Infringement/Contributory Infringement/Unfair Competition. The plaintiffs claimed copyright infringement and contributory infringement by the defendants. Contributory infringement alleges that the defendant encouraged or contributed to copyright infringement by individuals who purchased equipment produced by the defendant. The claim also stated that use of the equipment was intended to copy and distribute copyrighted material illegally and presented unfair competition to the plaintiff under the Lanham Act. Relevant Facts of the Case Universal City Studios Incorporated sued the Sony Corporation of...The end:
.....tion for infringing use of equipment with a viable remedy for unfair use.My Analysis I believe the Supreme Court reached the proper conclusion. Any product such as a gun, a computer, and a video recorder can be used for legal and illegal purposes. Holding the company that manufactures a legal product liable for the misuse of individual consumers is not appropriate. The remedy in this matter is not to punish the corporation for creating and selling the technology for something with legal use, but to punish the individuals who use the equipment for illegal activity that causes economic or other harm to the television industry. Work Cited Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984). Accessed 23 May 2009 .