This paper gives brief information on the digital piracy. It begins with a presentation of the case of Napster which concerns the topic of copyright and downloading of music files from the internet. The paper summarises that in the recent past only those were punishable of violation of copyrights who had given uncontrolled access to their data via internet. Even in the event of a computer is seized and checked by an expert it is nearly impossible to find out whether the audio data emanate form a legal or an illegal source. That is why they still focus on those who give access to their computer files and thus offer their data to the public. This is much easier to trace and has the same legal effect regarding the liability.
Categories: Criminal law/procedures | Copyrights and related rights
Activity Title: EU-China training seminar on the protection of IPR and transfer of cases
Activity Date: 13 Apr 2009 to 17 Apr 2009
Location: Changzhou, China
Expert / Author / Speaker: Wilhelm Moellers, Prosecutor for Ecomomic Crimes, Hamburg Prosecutors Office, Germany
Case Law: Napster, Edonkey, Limewire, BearShare