In Texas, all materials that are covered under a copyright are protected under federal law. The laws prohibit any unauthorized use of the materials without the owner’s permission. The only alternative is if the original owner sells the rights for the material to the individual. Otherwise, a contract must be secured before any of the content is used. Anti piracy protection helps the original owner protect their content.
Locating Unauthorized Use of Content
Anti piracy protection assists original owners in discovering all instances in which their materials were used. This helps the owner identify all offenders who have taken advantage of their creativity. The law allows the owner to file a claim against any offender who uses their content without explicit permission. Their claim can include every instance in which the content was used.
Taking Immediate Action
The first step is to notify the individual who used the content that it is protected under copyright laws. The notification includes specific information about the copyright and the owner. The notification informs the user that they must cease all use of the materials and provide repayment to the owner of any proceeds generated.
Enforcing Rights to the Content
Criminal charges are filed against all offenders who use content and materials protected by a copyright. The charges are based on the unauthorized use of the materials as well as how the individual used it. The laws apply to reproduction, sales, exhibition, and distribution of these protected materials.
Potential Punishment for Violators
In addition to possible awards from a civil case, the violators face penalties under criminal laws. Currently, the laws could impose a prison sentence of five years. The fines for the offense could range up to $100,000. However, the exact penalty is based on the total value of proceeds generated from the unlawful usage.
In Texas, all materials protected by a copyright cannot be used unless the original owner provides permission. Their permission is based on a limited or long-term contract secured by the prospective users. A contract must be acquired before any of the materials are used publicly. Owners of materials protected under a copyright contact takedown czar for more information.