Copyright infringement occurs when one person violates the exclusive rights of another that result from holding a copyright. These rights generally include the right to sell, reproduce, or manufacture the copyrighted work.
For instance, if someone attempts to reproduce a work that is copyrighted without the owner’s permission, they could be sued for copyright infringement. The unauthorized use must usually be for profit in order for a violation to be found.
Copyright infringement is a serious offense and can result in the following penalties:
There are often defenses available in some copyright infringement cases.
Copyright lawsuits can involve works such as:
In recent years, video games and other electronic production have been the focus of many copyright infringement cases. Laws in this area can be fairly new, since such technologies often change each year (or even faster than that). Also, internet laws have also affected copyright laws in recent years due to the uploading of material to the internet. These are subject to fairly specific rules and laws as well.
Copyright laws can sometimes be subject to frequent change. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help at all with any copyright issues. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and can keep you updated with any changes to the law. Also, if you need to obtain a copyright, or if you need to file a lawsuit, your lawyer can help with that as well.
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