It’s hard to imagine a worse crime than intellectual property infringement.
In the United States, intellectual property crimes can involve theft of trade secrets, patents, trade secrets of any kind, patents of any invention, patents in commerce, trademarks, trade names, trade dress, or trade secrets or trade secret inventories, or the theft of other confidential information.
Intellectual property infringement can also occur when someone takes your intellectual property without permission.
A person who illegally takes someone else’s intellectual property is guilty of intellectual property fraud.
The criminal penalties for intellectual property crime are very severe.
If you’re charged with intellectual property copyright infringement, you can face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
You can also face up to 10 years in federal prison for intellectual theft.
But it’s not all bad news.
There are some legal protections that may protect you from intellectual property criminal charges, including the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and the Copyright Act.
The FTC Act protects people against copyright infringement by preventing others from making unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials.
It also protects people from unfair competition.
The Copyright Act provides that unauthorized copying is not illegal unless it violates the fair use doctrine, which means that copying of copyrighted material for noncommercial purposes is not a violation of copyright law.
In some cases, the Copyright Acts’ fair use exceptions may also apply to unauthorized copying.
The copyright holder is responsible for enforcing the fair usage provisions.
For example, if the copyright holder believes that unauthorized copy of a copyrighted work is made for purposes of a fair use, it may take steps to remove the infringing material from the Internet.
If you think you’ve been accused of intellectual theft, contact a lawyer immediately.