KaZaA and Punishment
Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2003
2 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 10, 2003
This newspaper editorial ran in the Wall Street Journal the day after the music industry filed the first wave of lawsuits against individuals who engaged in illegal file-sharing online. In it, I argue that individual lawsuits are a bad idea on public policy grounds, but are also the natural ramification of court decisions that make it unnecessarily difficult to hold intermediaries like Grokster, Napster, and KaZaA appropriately liable.
Keywords: RIAA, peer-to-peer, Napster, Grokster, vicarious, contributory
JEL Classification: K00, K11, 034
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