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ReneM

join:2003-07-18
Cockeysville, MD
reply to hottboiinnc

Re: I like this

Since when is copyright infringement a crime?



FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

said by ReneM:

Since when is copyright infringement a crime?
Since the Congress made it so and when the President signed the bill.


heliox
Not at the table Carlos.
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join:2000-11-28
Corona, CA

Wrong...

It's always at least a civil matter (a tort). 17 U.S.C. 501(b) details
the mechanisms by which an owner of a copyright may file a civil suit,
and 28 U.S.C. 1338 expressly refers to civil actions arising under the
copyright act.

However, under certain circumstances, it may also be a federal crime. A
copyright infringement is subject to criminal prosecution if infringement
is willful and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial
gain. 17 U.S.C. 506(a). If the offense consists of the reproduction or
distribution, during any 180-day period, of 10 or more copies having a
retail value of more than $2,500, the offense is a felony; otherwise, the
offense is a misdemeanor. 18 U.S.C. 2319.

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