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What are the consequences of not getting permission to reuse copyrighted works?

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The Copyright Act provides for the copyright owner to recover damages for unauthorized use of the owner's works. These damages may include the profits resulting from the infringement, or statutory damages ranging from $250 to $150,000 per willful infringement, as well as legal fees.  It can be a criminal violation—with fines and prison penalties. But it is most often a civil violation. In both civil and criminal cases, the statute of limitations for infringement is generally three years.


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