Combatting peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material via anti-piracy laws : Issues, trends, and solutions

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  • Wan Man Jason Fung
  • Avnita Lakhani

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-402
Journal / PublicationComputer Law and Security Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


This article analyses potential end-user copyright violations associated with peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and the anti-piracy efforts currently underway in order to tackle them. This article discusses international developments in terms of trends, issues and solutions aimed at addressing peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material. First, the article introduces P2P file sharing, its increasing significance in the growing digital media economy, and the legal issues surrounding this topic. Next, the article provides a comparative analysis of global efforts and trends in preventing digital piracy by analyzing relevant legislation, case law and practices in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, and Japan. In addition, the article reviews Hong Kong's current case law and proposed legal reforms including an analysis of their deficiencies with respect to addressing P2P copyright infringement. The article concludes with an analysis of existing trends in preventive measures against copyright infringement through P2P file sharing and suggests directions on future legal and non-legal measures that Hong Kong as well as the international community can take in combating digital piracy and copyright infringement through peer-to-peer file sharing. © 2013 Wan Man Jason Fung & Dr. Avnita Lakhani. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Anti-piracy law, Digital economy, Digital rights management, Directive 2001/29/EC, Peer-to-peer file sharing