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Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement occurs when one work derives from another, is an exact copy or imitation, or shows substantial similarity to the original work.

To prove infringement, a copyright owner is required to show that the alleged infringer had prior access to the copyrighted work and that the work is substantially similar to the rightful owner’s.

Copyright” is the right to copy someone’s creative innovation. These are the laws stated in place to protect the creative ownership of the authentic creator of any piece. 

Infringement” is the breaking of any rule or law. So, the violation of someone’s copyright is termed Copyright Infringement. 


For example, Disney owns the copyright to all their animations. If anyone wants to legally use a portion of their work on their own, they’ll have to seek approval from their authorities and be ready to give them due credit. 

When an individual content creator uses their animation in one of his/her YouTube videos without all these necessary steps, s/he commits copyright infringement and the video most probably gets taken down by YouTube.


Use of the Term in Sentences:

  • Copyright infringement can result in a fine of GBP 50,000 or up to six months of jail time in the UK.
  • With the groundbreaking developments in technology, copyright infringement policies have gotten stricter. 
  • Not being cautious about copyright infringement while creating any content for publication be it online or offline, would be rather irresponsible on the creator’s part.


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