Could I face criminal charges for using another person's work?
Using, without authorization, another person's work that is protected by the Copyright Act may constitute infringement of the other person's copyright, unless the use complies with the "fair use" provisions. With certain exceptions, crimes of infringing copyright are prosecutable only if a complaint is filed. That is, the prosecutor may not bring an indictment unless a rights owner has filed a complaint. The exceptions to this rule are infringements committed by career offenders, and manufacturing pirated optical disks for sale or for rent, or distributing pirated optical disks, which are indictable without a complaint (i.e. are subject to public prosecution).
- Publish Date : 2008-04-24
- Update : 2020-09-09
- Organization : International Legal Affairs Office
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