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Warez Trading and Criminal Copyright Infringement

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

January 7, 2004

Warez traders have been blamed as a significant cause of copyright piracy, which has led to several dozen conviction of warez traders in the past two years. The article analyzes how criminal copyright infringement and other laws apply to warez trading. The article also describes the prosecutions of warez trading, including a comprehensive chart of all warez trading convictions. The article concludes with a brief policy discussion about the problems created by Congress' effort to criminalize warez trading.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: Warez, warez trading, abandonware, criminal copyright infringement, no electronic theft act

JEL Classification: K14, K42

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Date posted: January 18, 2004  

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Goldman, Eric, Warez Trading and Criminal Copyright Infringement (January 7, 2004). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=487163 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.487163

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Eric Goldman (Contact Author)
Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
408-554-4369 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.ericgoldman.org
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