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However, if infringement is proved, the copyright holder can also receive monetary damages.
If an accused infringer makes available for public sale an unauthorized work, such as a bootlegged music CD, the court may issue an injunction ordering the infringer to stop selling unauthorized copies.
Seizure of Infringing Copies
A court can also order the bootlegged CDs to be impounded to prevent the accused infringer of selling them pending the outcome of a trial.
If a final judgment is rendered in favor of the copyright holder, the court may order the CDs to be destroyed.
Compenatory (Actual) Damages
A copyright holder can sue an alleged infringer for compensatory damages, which is the actual amount of money the copyright holder lost as a result of the infringement through sales or other revenue. To prove actual damages, a copyright holder must show the court that the infringement resulted in a loss of gross income.
Instead of suing for actual damages, a copyright holder can sue for statutory damages. Under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, these are limited to no less than $750 and no more than $30,000 per infringement of one creative work. Read the rest of this entry »