Copyright Infringement

The creators of original works of art have the exclusive right to control how their works are made available to the public. If you are the creator of a song, recording, story, photograph, video or other artistic work that was used without your permission you may have a copyright infringement claim.

What is Copyright Infringement?
Copyright Infringement exists whenever a copyright owner’s exclusive copyrights are violated. The exclusive copyrights provided by the Copyright Act include:

  • Reproduction
  • Distribution
  • Public Performance
  • Derivative Works
  • Public Display

For example, if your music was sampled, used in a TV show, film or commercial, copied, or in any way used without your permission, you may have a claim for copyright infringement.

Who is liable for Copyright Infringement?
Anyone that uses a work without the consent of the copyright owner is liable for copyright infringement. This may include a record label, another artist or even a store that sells unauthorized copies of the recordings and songs.

What Money Damages are Available for Copyright Infringement?
The Copyright Act provides for a range of money damages as a remedy for copyright infringement. These money damages may include:

  • Statutory Damages
  • Actual Damages
  • Attorneys’ Fees
  • Costs

    If you believe that you may have a copyright infringement claim, contact the attorneys at Schwartz, Ponterio & Levenson, PLLC today at 917.338.3879 to see how we can help you protect your copyrights and recover monetary damages from infringers.


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