Criminal Copyright And Intellectual Property Laws

1736 WordsMay 18, 20177 Pages
Criminal copyright infringement can come in many forms. Anything that has been created by one’s mind can technically be considered intellectual property. While the initial idea itself is not something that can be protected by copyright law, patents and actual plans from ideas can be. Many copyright cases are of a civil nature. This occurs when a person or organization feels their intellectual property has been used without their consent and want either compensation or for the accused party to cease use of the material. While civil cases aim to make the offended party whole criminal cases are intended to penalize those who break the law. Throughout time criminal copyright legislation and penalties have changed. This is partially due to the…show more content…
There seems to be no solid explanation of why this is. The No Electronic Theft Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 are all aimed at “decreasing the threshold for what counts as criminal infringement” and “increasing penalties” for criminal copyright infringement (Masnick, 2012). Mike Masnick wrote his article in 2012 and the last law listed was enacted in 2008. Since this time there have been even more shifts in how copyrights are infringed upon. International Copyright Law When it comes to international copyright law things can get quite complicated. To put things in the simplest possible terms, there is no one set of laws that govern all intellectual property disputes around the world. Different countries have different rules on copyrights and there are also different rules and levels of enforcement. There is however some common ground among countries in the realm of intellectual property. This common ground comes in the form of treaties. These treaties between territories help with both the protection of intellectual property and enforcement against those who infringe upon copyrights. Copyright.gov, the United States governments official website for information on copyright law list two treaties as being principal in governing international
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