Copyright infringement is theft.
We vigorously enforce the rights of those violated.
People who would never consider stealing a DVD or CD from their local retailer often show little hesitation in illegally downloading and file-sharing copyrighted motions pictures and music. These works are created only by the substantial investment of creativity, effort, money, and time by artists, directors, investors, and producers. Illegal downloading and file-sharing deprives these individuals of the rightful benefit of their creativity, labor, and investment. Put simply, it is theft.
The Copyright Laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) make it illegal for anyone to violate the rights granted under those laws to the owner of a copyright and provide civil remedies and criminal penalties for such infringement. Civil remedies for the infringement of federally registered copyrighted works include:
• Statutory damages of up to $30,000 for each work infringed or up to $150,000 for each willfully infringed work
• An award of costs and attorneys’ fees
• Preliminary and permanent injunctive relief
See, 17 U.S.C. §§ 501-505. In addition to civil remedies, willful copyright infringement, including infringement via unauthorized downloading and file-sharing, may constitute criminal infringement and subject the infringer to criminal penalties.
Making unauthorized copies of motion pictures is against the law, and subjects those responsible to civil and criminal liability—especially if they distribute the stolen product to others. The penalties for first-time offenders include imprisonment and substantial financial penalties.