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.