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Warez Trading and Criminal Copyright Infringement

44 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2004  

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: January 7, 2004

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

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

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