How Is Copyright Infringed?

AuthorLesley Ellen Harris
ProfessionLawyer, author, and educator
How Is Copyright Infringed?
All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
—Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943), in Wit ’s End (1973)
by R.E. Drennan
What Is an Infringement of Copyright?
Violation of copyright means a breach of the copyright law. Infringement
is the term used in the Copyright Act to denote this violation.
Direct infringement occurs where a right in the Act is directly
infringed, and indirect infringement occurs through dealings with
infringing copies. These dealings must nor mally be of a commercial
To fully understand this chapter, you should read Chapter 9, “Rights
Protected by Copyright,” as well as Chapter 10, “Limitation on Rights.
Chapter 13 discusses the remedies for the infringement of copyright.
Terms Used to Describe Infringements
of Copyright
Infr ingement or violation of copyright law are common terms to descr ibe
unauthorized uses of copyright-protected works. There are a number of
other terms the public uses in connection with copyright infringement
or related activities. These ter ms include plagiarism , piracy , bootlegging ,
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