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Why You Need an Aggressive Lawyer to Fight Criminal Copyright Infringement Charges

By Spodek Law Group | October 20, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 20, 2023)

Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 08:46 pm


Why You Need an Aggressive Lawyer to Fight Criminal Copyright Infringement Charges

If you’ve been accused of criminal copyright infringement, you need a lawyer who will fight aggressively on your behalf. Copyright infringement charges can result in serious penalties like jail time, fines, and a criminal record. An aggressive defense lawyer is essential to protect your rights and avoid these consequences.

Criminal copyright infringement is willfully infringing a copyright for commercial gain or personal financial benefit . This means illegally reproducing, distributing, or selling a copyrighted work. Examples include:

  • Selling bootleg copies of movies or music
  • Distributing pirated software
  • Uploading copyrighted content online

Criminal charges are pressed when the infringement is considered serious enough to warrant felony status. This depends on the retail value of the infringed works and whether you’ve been convicted before. Penalties can include up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for a first offense .

Why You Need an Aggressive Defense

Fighting criminal copyright charges takes an aggressive lawyer. Here’s why:

  1. The Law is Complex – Copyright law involves complicated issues like fair use, substantial similarity, and licensing terms. An experienced lawyer understands the nuances to build a strong defense.
  2. Prosecutors Play Hardball – Copyright holders pressure officials to prosecute infringers. Prosecutors aim for maximum penalties to set an example. You need a lawyer who won’t back down.
  3. Mistakes Are Costly – Even minor errors could wreck your case. An aggressive lawyer relentlessly attacks flaws in the prosecution’s arguments.
  4. Your Future Is at Stake – These charges threaten your reputation, finances and freedom. Only an aggressive lawyer will fight tooth and nail to protect you.

How an Aggressive Lawyer Defends You

Aggressive defense lawyers use every legal strategy to get charges reduced or dismissed. Here are some of their most effective tactics:

A copyright must be properly registered to be enforced criminally . An aggressive lawyer digs into the copyright’s registration history looking for mistakes. Even small errors like incorrect dates can invalidate the copyright. This can knock out the prosecution’s entire case.

Challenging the Infringement Claim

Aggressive lawyers don’t take infringement claims at face value. They force prosecutors to prove substantial similarity between your work and the original beyond a reasonable doubt. Subtle differences in fonts, formatting, or images could create doubt in the jury’s mind. Your lawyer’s goal is making the infringement claim seem flimsy.

Raising Fair Use Defenses

Fair use allows using copyrighted material for things like commentary, criticism, news reporting or education . There are four factors judges consider in determining fair use. An aggressive lawyer argues these creatively to show your use was protected.

Negotiating Lesser Charges

Even if they can’t beat the charges entirely, aggressive lawyers leverage weaknesses to negotiate plea bargains. They work relentlessly to get prosecutors to drop or reduce charges to mere misdemeanors. This avoids felony convictions and limits fines and jail time.

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