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Is it a crime to infringe someone\’s copyright?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

It is an offence under Canadian law (as well as the law of other countries, such as the United States) to infringe copyright by doing certain acts (selling, renting out, or exhibiting infringing copies of works). The penalties under the Copyright Act may be as high as a one million dollar fine or five years\’ imprisonment.

Criminal copyright infringement is usually handled by the RCMP. Infringing activities are often brought to their attention by the copyright owners. This is not a route reserved only for large businesses that are the targets of counterfeiters, like Disney and luxury goods companies. Small businesses and individuals who believe their copyright is being infringed can file a complaint with the RCMP as well, and the police will investigate.