Re: copyright time and prosicution
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on May 22, 2000 at 05:38:54:
In Reply to: copyright time and prosicution posted by Javabuddha on May 20, 2000 at 10:50:27:
: What is the time that a copyright lasts. Doesn't it end after 50 years or so? And second, I've been told that you probably won't be prosicuted unless you make a LOT of coppies and sell them (say, 100,000 coppies) Is this true, or even somewhat true?
Copyrights are good for the life of the author plus 70 years. The law very recently changed from 50 years. A copyright originally registered in the name of a corporation is good for 75 years as I recall. I have not recently checked to see if this has been increased.
If you are infringing there is no protection just because you made one copy. It is a question of getting caugth. The penalties are severe for the infringer, with actual damages and statutory damages and the courts liberally awarding the winning party their attorney's fee to be paid by the loser.
Some act of infringement may be criminal.
The law can't be played with rumors or guesswork.
M. Arthur Auslander
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