Is There Such a Thing as 'Virtual Crime'?

California Criminal Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2001

72 Pages Posted: 20 May 2010 Last revised: 11 Apr 2015

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Susan W. Brenner

University of Dayton - School of Law

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

This article explores the legal issues created by using computer technology to commit crimes of various types. The title refers to "virtual crime," but in the years since it was published that phrase has come to be used to refer to crime committed in or associated with virtual worlds. The topic of this article is really cybercrime, i.e., using computer technology to commit traditional crimes and the new crimes that emerged as computer technology became more common. It argues for taking a parsimonious approach to adopting new law to deal with this type of criminal activity. More precisely, it argues for applying or adapting existing law whenever possible, rather than adopting cybercrime-specific laws.

Keywords: cybercrime, computer crime, theft, embezzlement, forgery, rape, bigamy

JEL Classification: K14, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Brenner, Susan W., Is There Such a Thing as 'Virtual Crime'? (2001). California Criminal Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611839

Susan W. Brenner (Contact Author)

University of Dayton - School of Law ( email )

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