Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations (Take III)

Subject: Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations (Take III)
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 11:18:07 -0400

Wendy wrote: <<Not to be too much of a downer on this, but in order
for the courts to intervene, there really has to be a significant
amount of damages...>>

Not necessarily. First, if you have formally registered the
copyright, you're entitled to statutory damages (which are high)
without having to prove any economic losses or other damage. (I have
a friend who used this successfully to claim several thousand dollars
from a client who refused to pay him for his work but used the work
anyway.) Second, the threat of legal action is usually enough to make
someone back down when they're in the wrong. If you haven't formally
registered copyright, you can force someone to comply with the law
and depublish your property, but you have to prove damages if you
want to claim any money.


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Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations: From: Kelly Smith
Tools: Tracking down copyright violations (Take II): From: Geoff Hart
Re: Tools: Tracking down copyright violations (Take II): From: voxwoman

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