Management’s Ignorance Is Not a Defense to Copyright Infringement Claims

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One of the most common reactions to an initial software audit letter is that management had no knowledge of any potential violations, that the IT personnel behavior violated corporate policy, and that management did not authorize the IT staff’s actions. Unfortunately, a civil violation of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §501, 504) does not require knowledge of the problem.

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Topics:  Audits, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Software, The Copyright Act

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