Sat, Sep. 18, 2004

Massive Copyright Violations?

CK - Washington.   Criminal defense counsel Udo Vetter published a memorandum on his law blog addressing the criminal copyright issues that could affect buyers of movies, software and songs downloaded from the now-defunct website ftpwelt.com. ftpwelt.com was the very up-and-up looking commercial site that sold unlicensed products and was supported, among others, by a well-known attorney who specialized in the pursuit of copyright violators, see Sebastian Wolff-Marting, Fox Loose in the Henhouse.

Vetter establishes that the ftp-welt customers should have nothing to fear although the prosecution had publicly stated that it would prosecute the downloaders. Of course, the caveat applies that not all the facts are known.


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