16 July 2018

BOOK: Eldar HABER, Criminal Copyright (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). ISBN 9781108403917, £ 24.99

Later this month, Cambridge University Press is due to publish a book which offers an examination of the history of criminal copyright.


Since the birth of criminal copyright in the nineteenth century, the copyright system has blurred the distinction between civil and criminal infringements. Today, in many jurisdictions, infringement of copyrighted materials can result in punitive fines and even incarceration. In this illuminating book, Eldar Haber analyzes the circumstances, justifications, and ramifications of the criminalization process and tells the story of how a legal right in the private enforcement realm has become over-criminalized. He traces the origins of criminal copyright legislation and follows the movement of copyright criminalization and enforcement on local and global scales. This important work should be read by anyone concerned with the future of copyright and intellectual property in the digital era.


Eldar Haber, University of Haifa, Israel
Eldar Haber is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa and a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Massachusetts. He teaches and writes about copyright, criminal law, surveillance, privacy and data protection, and civil rights and liberties in the digital age. He has published on all these matters in many flagship law reviews and leading law and technology journals. He has won several academic awards, prizes and grants, and his work is frequently cited in many scholarly articles, book chapters, books, Federal Courts, as well as the media.


1. Criminal copyright overview
2. Copyright criminalization in the United Kingdom
3. Copyright criminalization in the United States
4. The criminal copyright gap
5. Internal reasoning for criminal copyright
6. External reasoning for criminal copyright
7. The copyright-criminal integration
8. An integrated approach for copyright criminalization
9. The future of criminal copyright and how to stop it

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