is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.
Is copyright infringement a federal crime?
For civil remedies, it is the copyright owner who brings suits; for criminal penalties it is the federal prosecutor who litigates the case. ... However, under Section 506(a) of the Act, “evidence of reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work, by itself, shall not be sufficient to establish willful infringement.”