Antiquity Meets the Modern Age: Ebay's Potential Criminal Liability for Fake and Stolen International Antiquity Sales

36 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2013 Last revised: 4 May 2016

Jennifer Anglim Kreder

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Jason Nintrup

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Antiquities and cultural property — authentic, fake, legitimate, and stolen — have been sold internationally for centuries. The number of these sales has drastically increased with the advent of internet sales platforms. The proliferation of illicit sales has led the international community to combat them, but a quick perusal of eBay, Inc., (“eBay”) on any given day still will show thousands of questionable antiquities listed for sale. Why is this avenue of illicit trade still so prolific and why has U.S. law had seemingly little to no deterrent effect upon it? This article will focus specifically on how the United States, Germany, and France have responded to international guidelines, eBay’s responses thereto, and whether eBay could be potentially criminally liable under current U.S statutes.

Keywords: Art theft, cultural property, international antiquity sales, eBay, illicit trade in art, criminal liability, antiquities

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K33

Suggested Citation

Kreder, Jennifer Anglim and Nintrup, Jason, Antiquity Meets the Modern Age: Ebay's Potential Criminal Liability for Fake and Stolen International Antiquity Sales (2014). 5 Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet 143 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2321387

Jennifer Anglim Kreder (Contact Author)

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law ( email )

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Highland Heights, KY 41099
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Jason Nintrup

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law ( email )

Nunn Hall
Highland Heights, KY 41099
United States

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