Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Sara K. Morgan

First Page



Piracy and illegal downloading in the Internet age have been on the forefront of the intellectual property community's mind since the early 2000s. Websites such as The Pirate Bay are often labeled as being leaders in copyright infringement, giving users the ability to illegally download thousands of files. However, there are both jurisdictional and extradition issues with prosecuting the founders of these websites, because The Pirate Bay and many others like it are often based in other countries. Recently, the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act have stirred up controversy, with many alleging that their international reach went too far. This Note looks at how (and if) the United States can hold the founders of The Pirate Bay personally and criminally liable in the United States for their actions in facilitating the copyright infringement of others.