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Information Technology Law: The Law and Society (4th edn)

Andrew Murray
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date: 02 December 2023

p. 30512. Copyright infringement in the digital environmentlocked

p. 30512. Copyright infringement in the digital environmentlocked

  • Andrew MurrayAndrew MurrayProfessor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science


This chapter analyses cases of copyright infringement in the online environment. It begins by analysing some early cases regarding file-sharing technologies, including A&M Records, Inc. v Napster, Inc., MGM Studios, Inc. v Grokster, Ltd, and Sweden v Neij et al. (the Pirate Bay case). It assesses new techniques for fighting illegal file-sharing, such as blocking access to websites offering file-sharing technology or indexes with a focus on the operation of s. 97A website blocking orders. It examines the recent Supreme Court decision in Cartier International v British Sky Broadcasting which will have substantial implications for costs in these orders. Finally, it describes the slightly controversial process known as speculative invoicing.

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