KaZaA and Punishment

Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2003

2 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2009

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Douglas Lichtman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Lichtman, Douglas Gary, KaZaA and Punishment (September 10, 2003). Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1472199

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