Top Mud Sites Forum Return to
Go Back   Top Mud Sites Forum > Mud Development and Administration > Legal Issues
Click here to Register

Thread Tools
Old 02-28-2003, 06:40 AM   #21
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 158
Mason is on a distinguished road
[quote= (the_logos @ Feb. 27 2003,18:43)]
Originally Posted by Sombalance,Feb. 27 2003,17:22
Originally Posted by
A copyright violation is a civil offense (except in certain situations) and would onyl get you in trouble if the IP holder chooses to pursue a case against you.
Originally Posted by
Actually, I'm pretty sure copyright violation is a federal crime as copyrights are protected by federal law.  Which is different from a patent violation, which is a civil case.  If you have proof of a copyright violation, you could take it to the local District Attorney and ask them to follow up on it.  

Well, if you're a copyright violator, you can potentially be hit with both civil and criminal charges, though the US Attorney will only go after you for criminal charges if you're willfully violating copyright for profit. Otherwise, you really only have to worry about civil cases.

Correct.  If you're selling bootleg software on ebay you'll get a visit from the Feds.  However, even writing a book that infringes on someone's copyright is not a crime.

The reason why copyright is governed by Federal law is because of the need for uniformity.  It would be pretty screwed up if copyright were 95 years in one state but only 20 in another.  The Founders included this clause in the Constitution because they felt it was important to avoid such complications  - not because they wanted it to be a crime.
Mason is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Copyright of themed MUDs - Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
looking for .hack themed MUD hiroyasu04 Newbie Help 1 06-26-2006 06:15 PM
Copyright Information Samson Legal Issues 0 03-12-2004 03:12 PM
Copyright shaan Legal Issues 8 04-10-2003 11:23 PM
Old Copyright discussion zhentilar Legal Issues 2 08-17-2002 07:31 AM
The Copyright symbol Samson Legal Issues 14 04-23-2002 08:01 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Style based on a design by Essilor
Copyright Top Mud 2014