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Infringement - What are the penalties for copyright infringement?



Where copyright is infringed, the copyright owner may bring a legal action against the infringer to recover damages or an account of profits. Damages is monetary compensation paid to the copyright owner for loss suffered in respect of the infringement. An account of profits is the profit made by the infringer from their infringing activities.

In some circumstances, a person may commit a criminal offence if they make, import, sell, hire or distribute infringing copies of works. Criminal liability can attract fines of up to $150,000 and imprisonment for up to 5 years.




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