Copyright Infringement

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What is Copyright Infringement

Copyright Infringement is the unauthorized use of material that is protected by intellectual property rights law, especially copyright. Copyright is a legal right that gives the creator of an original work exclusive control over how the work is used and distributed. When someone uses a copyrighted work without permission, they are infringing on the copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Examples of copyright infringement include reproducing or distributing a copyrighted work without permission, making derivative works based on a copyrighted work without permission, or performing a copyrighted work in public without permission.

Copyright infringement is a serious legal issue, and it can result in fines and other penalties for the person or entity that infringes on a copyright. In some cases, copyright infringement can also result in criminal charges, especially if it is done for commercial gain.

To avoid copyright infringement, it is important to obtain permission from the copyright owner before using a copyrighted work. In many cases, this will involve obtaining a license or paying a fee to use the work. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of copyright law and to seek legal advice if you are unsure about whether you have the right to use a particular work.

See Also

  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property - The broader category under which copyright falls, encompassing patents, trademarks, and other forms of ownership over creations of the mind.