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What are the potential remedies for copyright infringement?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2021 | Intellectual Property

There are many different painters, musicians, authors, screenplay writers, poets, photographers and other artists living and working in New York. These people are very talented individuals who have a passion for what they do. However, this is not just a hobby for many of these artists, this is how they make their livings as well. To do this they need to sell their work to others to enjoy. That is why its important that only they are able to sell what they create.

To protect their work, they can copyright it. This protects their work from others trying to copy it and profit off of the copies. There is a legal process that they must go through to copyright the work, but it can be the best way to ensure only they can profit off of what they worked so hard to create. Having a copyright means only they can sell their work, but that does not mean that others will not try and copy it. If people do this it is known as copyright infringement.

Three potential remedies for copyright infringement

When copyright infringement occurs, the people who infringe must be held responsible. There are different remedies for people who have had their copyrighted work taken. One is that a judge could issue an injunction. This prohibits the infringing party from continuing to profit from their infringement. Another potential remedy is impounding the records, masters, tapes, copies or other materials used to copy the copyrighted work. Another remedy is to provide the victim with the amount they loss due to the infringement, including attorney’s fees and costs as well as the profits the infringing party gained from the infringement.

There are many artists in New York who have copyrighted material. It is important that this work remains protected from others copying it for profit. People can enforce their copyrights and obtain various remedies to best protect their work and compensate them for the damages they suffer as a result. This can be a complicated process though and consulting with experienced attorneys could be beneficial.