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Intellectual Property Law

New Matter FALL 2019, Volume 44 Number 3

Copyright News

Jo Ardalan

One LLP

Say hello to my little friend: copyright infringement as a predicate act for civil rico liability

The RICO statute defines "racketeering activity" as including any act "indictable under. ..[18 U.S.C.] Section 2319, relating to criminal infringement of a copyright."1 Section 2319 criminalizes willful copyright infringement as described in 17 U.S.C. 506(a).2 Although the statute expressly identifies willful copyright infringement as a predicate act sufficient to support liability, some courts have hesitated to read the statute expansively.

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