Copyright Violations

U.S. copyright law grew out of English Common Law and statutory law. Violation of copyright laws is called infringement. A copyright is considered a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Additionally, the owner of the copyright has the right to control any re of their work, including the right to receive payment. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishing or recording companies.