Copyright infringement is a serious violation of intellectual property rights that occurs when someone uses, reproduces, or distributes copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owner. In the United States, copyright protection is governed by both state and federal laws. Understanding the interplay between these laws is crucial for safeguarding creative works and addressing instances of copyright infringement. In this article, we will explore the state and federal laws related to copyright infringement and their significance in protecting the rights of creators.
Federal Copyright Law
The primary framework for copyright protection in the United States is provided by federal law, specifically the Copyright Act of 1976. Under this act, copyright is automatically granted to original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium, such as literary works, music, films, visual arts, and software. Federal copyright law establishes exclusive rights for copyright owners, including the rights to reproduce, distribute, display, and perform their works.