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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1831                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 90 - PROTECTION OF TRADE SECRETS

HEAD

    Sec. 1831. Economic espionage

STATUTE

      (a) In General. - Whoever, intending or knowing that the offense
    will benefit any foreign government, foreign instrumentality, or
    foreign agent, knowingly -
        (1) steals, or without authorization appropriates, takes,
      carries away, or conceals, or by fraud, artifice, or deception
      obtains a trade secret;
        (2) without authorization copies, duplicates, sketches, draws,
      photographs, downloads, uploads, alters, destroys, photocopies,
      replicates, transmits, delivers, sends, mails, communicates, or
      conveys a trade secret;
        (3) receives, buys, or possesses a trade secret, knowing the
      same to have been stolen or appropriated, obtained, or converted
      without authorization;
        (4) attempts to commit any offense described in any of
      paragraphs (1) through (3); or
        (5) conspires with one or more other persons to commit any
      offense described in any of paragraphs (1) through (3), and one
      or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the
      conspiracy,
    shall, except as provided in subsection (b), be fined not more than
    $500,000 or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
      (b) Organizations. - Any organization that commits any offense
    described in subsection (a) shall be fined not more than
    $10,000,000.

SOURCE

    (Added Pub. L. 104-294, title I, Sec. 101(a), Oct. 11, 1996, 110
    Stat. 3488.)
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