Most copyright owners will eventually have to tackle the issue of copyright infringement. It’s becoming more common in our digital world, and copyright management is also getting more difficult. But it’s not a hopeless battle. Our business lawyers in Chicago can help you enforce your copyright to stop the illegal activity and pursue remedies such as monetary damages.
Generally speaking, you will seek one of three remedies when you enforce your copyrights. The three potential remedies available for copyright infringement are explained in detail below:
- An injunction: This is a court order that forces the defendant to stop using all of the protected material. There are a few different types of injunctive relief. These include a temporary restraining order (TRO), a preliminary injunction, and a permanent injunction. A writ of seizure can also be issued to seize and impound merchandise and equipment.
- Damages: It is possible to obtain payments from the defendant. These payments are known as court-awarded monetary damages. Monetary damages are typically categorized as actual damages, statutory damages, attorney fees, and court costs.
- Criminal sanctions: Some types of copyright infringement carry criminal penalties. For example, criminal copyright infringement of audiovisual works or sound recordings is subject to felony penalties under The Piracy and Counterfeiting Amendments Act of 1982. Bear in mind that copyright pirates are the main targets of these criminal penalties, which can only be pursued by a federal prosecutor.
Remember that it’s not just copyright owners who can initiate an infringement claim. Other parties, such as a copyright licensee, may also have the legal authority to enforce a copyright.
There are ways to resolve copyright disputes without litigation. In some cases, going this route can save you time and money. Our attorneys will help determine your best course of action.
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You don’t have to put up with copyright infringement. Schedule a free copyright infringement consultation at (312) 625-1679 to learn more about your rights and options. Markoff Leinberger serves clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We look forward to helping you move forward.