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Is viewing or consuming copyrighted media illegal.

1 Answers. Asked on Feb 08th, 2017 on Intellectual Property - Texas
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If a person, views but doesn't copy, save or download the copyrighted media, can they still be prosecuted. And if so to what extent.
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Answered on Feb 09th, 2017 at 7:34 AM

Viewing copyrighted material is not an act of infringement.  Consuming copyrighted media might include adapting a copyrighted work is and infringement.  For example, creating a variation or translation of the work is an infringement. Also, playing  a motion picture or a  recorded song, other than in your home, is an infringment.  A person cannot be prosecuted if he doesn't copy, save or dowload the copyrighted material unless he commits one of these other acts I just mentioned.

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Paul Van Slyke

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