The Copyright Act provides for both civil and criminal liability for acts of copyright infringement. The act has certain circumstances of copyright infringement; “if the infringer has made, in any 180-day period, ten or more copies of one or more copyrighted works with a total retail value of $2,500, the crime is a felony entailing up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations.” For cases not meeting this threshold, the crime is a misdemeanor, with the maximum penalty of imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $25,000 for individuals and $100,000 for organizations. There is also an increased penalty for repeat offenders, authorizing a sentence of up to 10 years. “The new definition of “financial gain” would clarify that the term “includes receipt of anything of value, including the receipt of other copyrighted works.” This language ensures that criminal liability will not turn on the technicality of whether the infringing copies were sold for money, as opposed to other valuable benefits.”
The NET act has closed the gap for the fight against piracy of copyrighted works in all forms throughout the Internet.
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