Archive for Criminal Law

What is Copyright Infringement?

Logo of the United States Copyright Office

I recently realized that I have referred to copyright infringement in quite a few posts, but I neglected to? define that term.? It is time to correct that oversight.

Generally, copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner – i.e., in violation of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights.

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Cyberbully Verdict: Not Guilty

Megan Meier, the victim

Megan Meier, the victim

Lori Drew is the woman who, using Myspace in 2006, cyberbullied 13-year-old Megan Meier into committing suicide.

Drew’s actions were, without question, reprehensible. The interesting issue for this post, however, is the U.S. government’s decision to bring criminal charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. Section 1030.

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