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Copyright Infringement: Never Steal Someone Else's Copyright

By Michelle L Published 12/5/2009 | Legal

I donít know how much you know about copyright infringement but it is a crime and you should never steal someoneís copyright. Basically, we can define copyright infringement as an act of stealing a material that someone else has a copyright to. In fact, if you take someoneís work and use it as your one then this is considered to be as stealing the work of the person who has a copyright to it.

The most common form of copyright infringement is found in the music industry. You will find that people are always reproducing and distributing the music created and owned by someone else. In fact, you will find that many people are downloading and using the music illegally. I am sure you are aware that there are many websites from where people can download free mp3 songs. These are the songs that have not been permitted by the owners or creators to be shared online but people still do it. I am quite sure you must have heard that sharing free music online is a crime but still this does not stop people from committing this crime because they think that they can get free music this way. 

On the other hand, there are also some people who do not realize that downloading free much from the internet is a crime and they do not have much idea about copyright infringement. Does that mean that they are not committing any crime? No, it does not mean that. Whether you download someone elseís music with or without knowledge that is illegal, you are still committing a crime.

Music is not the only thing that people steal. There are also many people who steal web content from websites and use them on their own site. Now you may not know this but the owner of the content can sue the person who has stolen the content. You can never use the copyright material of someone else until and unless you are given the permission to do so.

Of course, in order to establish that the copyright has been stolen, the holder of the copyright will have to proof three things:

  1. First of all, he will have to show the ownership of the copyright and it should be valid.
  2. Secondly, the holder should also be able to proof that a third party has stolen his work.
  3. Last but not the least; the holder will have to prove misappropriation.