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Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property

Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property

A Handbook of Contemporary Research

Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series

Edited by Christophe Geiger

This wide-ranging Research Handbook is the first to offer a stimulating and systematic review of the framework for criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights. If counterfeiting constitutes an ever-growing international phenomenon with major economic and social repercussions, potentially affecting consumer safety and public health, the question of which are the appropriate instruments to enforce IP rights is a complex and sensitive one. Although criminal penalties can constitute strong and effective means of enforcement, serious doubts exist as to whether criminal sanctions are appropriate in every infringement situation. Drawing on legal, economic, historical and judicial perspectives, this book provides a differentiated sector-by-sector approach to the question of enforcement, and draws useful conclusions for future legislative initiatives at European, international and national levels.

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Edited by Christophe Geiger

Subjects: law - academic, criminal law and justice, intellectual property law

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5.1 Integration of counterfeiting and piracy in the portfolio of illegal businesses of some major organized crime organizations 92 8.1 IP criminal proceedings in Germany (2003–2009) 153 8.2 Consumer survey: What is illegal to do with copyrighted works on the Internet? 154 8.3 Number of files being illegally exchanged and number of users of p2p networks in Germany 2004–2009 155 ix GEIGER 9781849801461 PRINT.indd ix 04/10/2012 13:04