South Bend Copyright Infringement Attorney
Defending You from Serious Federal Allegations
A copyright is a license to exclusive ownership and usage rights to a piece
of intellectual property that is granted by the United States federal
government. However, recent legal decisions have allowed for intellectual
property cases to be tried and settled in state courts.
According to US Code Title 17, Chapter 3, § 302, a work of intellectual
property automatically gains copyright protection at its creation and
carries over for a period of 70 years after the author’s death.
This means even if the work has not been registered with the U.S. Copyright
Office, you could face charges of copyright violation if you illegally
copy or appropriate all or part of that piece of intellectual property.
Copyrights can also spread to more than just written works – drawings,
films, artworks, computer software, music, and any other form of intellectual
property is also copyright protected.
If you are facing charges of copyright infringement, retain the services
of an experienced South Bend criminal defense attorney from the Wruble
Law Group by calling their firm at (574) 281-0142 today.
How is copyright infringement penalized?
Copyright infringement is a difficult legal area to navigate as federal
law allows for certain exceptions to copyright protection. Works of parody
and critical review, for example, are allowed to appropriate all or part
of works of intellectual property and are not considered theft. However,
downloading things like music, movies, and computer software for use without
paying for them is protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
and can result in harsh punishments if you are caught.
If you are found guilty of copyright infringement, you could be facing
the following penalties:
- Large fines
- Jail sentences
- Forced monetary damage payments
- Criminal record
If you have been charged with copyright infringement, or are unsure as
to whether your use of a pre-existing piece of intellectual property is
legal under federal law, a skilled South Bend criminal defense lawyer
can help. At the Wruble Law Group, we have more than 40 years of combined
legal experience, and have helped numerous clients successfully navigate
white collar crime cases.
Retain the legal counsel you need for your copyright infringement case.
Contact the Wruble Law Group online and receive a free consultation today.