Top-10 Copyright Tips for the Unwary

In Business by on March 7th, 2011

Many online enterprises fall into easily avoidable traps when it comes to copyright protection. Failing to follow proper procedures can result in very significant liability: The copyright statute provides that willful infringers may be liable for up to $150,000 in statutory damages per work infringed-with no proof of actual damages required-and even where statutory damages are not available, the law provides that infringers must disgorge their profits from infringement and pay for actual damage caused to the infringer. Multiplying that number times the hundreds of copyrighted works that broadcasters may publish or transmit in just a single day can make even the most risk-tolerant businessperson extremely nervous.

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