How to Control the Internet Market in Antiquities? The Need for Regulation and Monitoring
Brodie, N. (2017), ‘How to Control the Internet Market in Antiquities? The Need for Regulation and Monitoring’, Antiquities Coalition Policy Brief No 3., July.
This paper offers practical solutions to help better protect good faith consumers from purchasing looted or fake antiquities—while also protecting online businesses from facilitating criminal behavior. After briefly reviewing what is known of the organization and operation of the internet market in antiquities, it considers some possible cooperative responses aimed at educating consumers and introducing workable regulation. These responses draw upon the German example, as well as recent criminological thinking about what might constitute effective regulation. Finally, the paper makes seven policy recommendations, which while geared towards the American market, are applicable to any country where antiquities are bought and sold online.