Software Piracy Lawyers

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Most Common Intellectual Property Law Issues:

What Is Software Piracy?

Software piracy is the copyright infringement of software, typically through copying, selling, or buying copyrighted software. There are several acts that may be considered copyright violation:

Back-Up Copies Exception

It is not a copyright violation to copy software for the purpose of creating a back-up copy for personal use. Thought many licenses provide for this directly, federal law also provides it.

Copyright Infringement Fines

For civil penalties, copyright infringers may be found liable for statutory damages between $750 and $30,000 per work infringed. And if it escalates to criminal penalties, fines may be as high as $250,000 per offense and up to five years in prison.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

The law of software copyrights is very complex and ever changing. If you have been accused of violating electronic copyright laws, you should consult a lawyer immediately. An experienced intellectual property attorney can advise you of your rights and any possible defenses, as well as represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 01-20-2014 04:33 PM PST

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