Wednesday October 26, 2016

Even Downloaders Can Be Considered Repeat Infringers

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the definition of "repeat Infringer" includes people that repeatedly upload or download copyrighted material, even if it's just for personal use and never shared.

"Copyright infringement is a strict liability offense in the sense that a plaintiff is not required to prove unlawful intent or culpability, and a user does not have to share copyrighted works in order to infringe a copyright," its opinion reads. "In the context of this case, all it takes to be a ‘repeat infringer’ is to repeatedly upload or download copyrighted material for personal use," adding "that a ‘repeat infringer’ does not need to know of the infringing nature of its online activities, or to upload rather than download content."