Direct Copyright Infringement
Learn about the elements copyright infringement: ownership of a valid copyright and the unauthorized exercise of one of the rights in a copyright owner’s bundle.
A copyright owner enforces its rights with a claim for copyright infringement. Federal district courts have exclusive subject-matter jurisdiction over claims for copyright infringement. In other words, copyright-infringement claims can be brought only in federal court, not in state court.
To prevail on an infringement claim, a copyright owner must prove that it owns a valid copyright and that an accused infringer has exercised one of the owner’s exclusive rights without authorization. A...