The No Electronic Theft Act and Its Impact on Intellectual Property Cybercrime

Initially, some provisions of the United States Wire Fraud Act were applied to Internet copyright violations. Hence, the No Electronic Theft Statute was implemented to directly attack intellectual property (IP) cybercrimes and, with this law, IP impunity in the cyber world became history; at least, in regards to lack of legislation. The statute directly criminalizes the unauthorized use of copyrighted works and permits prosecution of people who intentionally distributes pirated software over the Internet, even if they do not profit from their actions.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does this legislation affect the increasing patterns of illegally distributing digital music?
Have there been convictions under the NET Act?

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