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Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property by Deborah E. Bouchoux

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Copyright Infringement

The nearly insatiable demand of consumers for books, movies, music, and software has led to increasing copyright infringement, estimated to cost copyright owners more than $20 billion each year. Copyright infringement occurs when a work derives from another and shows substantial similarity to the first work. Infringement does not require intent. Even an innocent use can be infringement. There are a variety of defenses to infringement, chief among them that of fair use, meaning a use for scholarship, educational, or news reporting purposes, or as a parody. Remedies include damages, injunctive relief, and seizure of the ...

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