1.(TCO A & F) George G. Harris retired in 1978 after spending 30 years in the U.S. Army, having served in both Korea and Vietnam. In 1980, Mr. Harris wrote a lengthy book describing his military service in great detail. When his sons, David and Greg, and family friends read the book, they told Mr. Harris it was super interesting and needed to be published and put on the market. Mr. Harris did not refer the book to a formal publishing company, but did have a local private printing company produce 500 copies of the book. The books sold immediately, and over the next 20 years Mr. Harris had an additional 8,000 copies of the book printed and sold. Mr. Harris died in 2002, and almost immediately the ABC Publishing Company grabbed a copy of the book and began mass production and marketing. The sons David and Greg Harris filed a law suit against ABC Publishing for Copyright Violation. ABC Publishing’s defense was that the Copyright had never been registered, and the original author was now dead. What actions must David and Greg take to advance their claim? What dollar damages can they claim? Will ABC Publishing’s contention that the Copyright is unfounded since the author is dead prevail in court? What legal issues, federal statutes, and other items will decide this case? (Points : 30)
2.(TCO I) A group of Oil Traders from Switzerland who partnered with their American counterparts, sought to gain control of Russian Oil Exports from the highly productive areas in West Siberia. Rather than having to bid on a dollar per barrel of oil basis every day for the 2 million barrels per day of oil that was exported from this highly productive area, the traders invited the regional executives of the Russian oil production districts to meet with them in Davos, Switzerland. The oil traders sent a chartered airliner to Moscow to transport the Russian oil executives to Geneva, and then provided rail transport to Davos, for a five-day series of business meetings. Each day involved a skiing trip on the slopes of Davos for the oil executives accompanied by a trained skiing instructor. The business meetings were limited to about 1 hour per night, following an elegant evening dinner. The Swiss Oil Traders’ and their U.S. Partners’ defense of this entertainment was that there was no direct payment to the Russia oil executives, and therefore not a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Do you think this is a violation of the FCPA? There is no exchange of payments, but is such elaborate entertainment acceptable under the FCPA?