There are a surprising number of everyday activities which may mean you’re breaching someone else’s copyright. Our specialist copyright lawyers list below just a few examples;
- Home video – do you use popular music in the background – that’s a clear violation of the writer’s or composer’s copyright
- Pirated computer program – the moment you copy that onto a hard drive, you are guilty of copyright infringement. The same applies to the millions of songs that are downloaded every week without payment, and illegally, on peer to peer networks
- Professional photographs – although you may have paid an arm and a leg for those fancy photos, the chances are you don’t own the copyright – so, unless you have agreed to the contrary with the photographer, the copyright has not been transferred to you and therefore making copies of your favourite photos places you in the position of copyright breach
- Software – though you may have paid for it, or even if it’s a legitimate copy, unless you have a license to do so, you can’t download or install software on another computer
So marks out of 4 – how did you do? Feeling guilty?