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Discussion questions:Opinions on Internet in the workplace

Please give your personal opinions regarding the two responses below... No right or wrong answers...( 1 small paragraph 3-4 sentences each response)

The internet breaks many boundaries. Among them are the political and geographic ones. The internet flattens the world and can facilitate business in many ways. However, e-commerce may face ethical and legal issues similar to those found in traditional business. The difference here is that companies are not in direct (face-to-face) contact or limited to a particular jurisdiction. So, in order to resolve disputes and determine in which jurisdiction the fault occurred, the "sliding-scale standard" has gradually been developing. This standard has identified three types of internet contacts. Depending on the contact, it has been decided which jurisdiction is proper or improper. If I had my own business, I will audit the site often so no mistakes are made. In addition, it will be set up to exclusively sale to California customers. I believe this is ethical so long as there is a disclaimer and that non-California customers are properly blocked. Buyers would have to acknowledge that if any legal matters arise, they would be resolved where the salesperson is. I would have an e-business only to save money in office space and paperwork. However, most corporations do business nationally and internationally because that is where the money is.

What specific standard is applied to a company whose only contact with a forum state is through its Internet site?

I think with any eBusiness information is key and using the "sliding-scale" standard would be a factor. A scale in which indicated prices, taxes, or wages vary in accordance with another factor, as wages with the cost-of-living index or medical charges with a patient's income.

If you had an eBusiness, what could you do in order to limit your liability to suit in multiple jurisdictions?

Now, if I had an eBusiness I would have an all consumer's sign for liability. I would have and I would definitely go through a Limited Liability Corporation to help with the process. Companies with limited liability exist in business law world-wide, however the Limited Liability Company is a specific legal structure defined by the laws of states of the United States and with quite different characteristics

In your opinion, would your plan be ethical? Why or why not?

Yes this would be ethical because it would protect me, my company and the customer. If at anytime a customer is unhappy I will be able to correct the issue in a good lawful manner.

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