Types of Laws Relevant to Computer Crimes
Given the difficulties in defining and prosecuting computer crimes, many prosecutors seek to convict computer criminals on more traditional criminal statutes, such as theft, fraud, extortion, and embezzlement. Intellectual property rights and privacy laws, in addition to specific computer crime laws, also exist to protect the general public and assist prosecutors.
Intellectual property is protected by U.S. law under one of four classifications:
Intellectual property rights worldwide are agreed upon, defined, and enforced by various organizations and treaties, including the ...