Intellectual Property and Technology

Intellectual Property Amendments: 2006 Policy Development Team Report (May 2006) This Report focuses on the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act (the "Act"), the Intellectual Property Protection and Court Amendment Act of 2005 ("IPPCA Act"), and the CAN-SPAM Act, 15 U.S.C. § 7704. The Commission acted upon directives in the Act by amending, pursuant to emergency authority, the intellectual property guideline, USSG §2B5.3, effective October 24, 2005, and recently voted to promulgate that amendment as a permanent amendment. The Commission also promulgated guideline amendments to follow from the IPPCA Act and the CAN-SPAM Act.

Cellular Telephone Cloning Final Report (January 25, 2000) The Economic Crimes Policy Team addressed the development of options for implementing the directives contained in the Wireless Telephone Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 105-172; April 24, 1998). The report details the background, analysis, findings and policy options identified by the team.

Identity Theft Final Report (December 15, 1999) This is the final report of the Economic Crimes Policy Team in response to the Identity Theft and Deterrence Act of 1998. The report contains an executive summary and numerous appendices.

No Electronic Theft Act Topics

Telemarketing Fraud Working Group: Report to the Commission (January 1998) A Commission staff working group conducted a detailed study of telemarketing fraud offenses in conjunction with the Commission's multi-year comprehensive assessment of the fraud and related guidelines.

Loss Issues Working Paper (October 1997) This memorandum discusses issues raised about the definition of loss in the case law, in training, and on the helpline, and presents some general options to address those issues to achieve greater sentencing uniformity and predictability.

Report Summary: Computer Fraud Working Group (September 1993) The Computer Fraud Working Group studied the effectiveness of the fraud and related guidelines on computer fraud offenses. This report summary presents an empirical study of defendants convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 1030, as well as the working group's summary of findings and recommendations.