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Statutory measures as a weapon against copyright

infringement
Statutory measures are of great importance as they can provide application of the legal regulations and
processes as well as , and legal remedies in the form of financial penalties. In general terms, the statutory
measures provide an author with a tool to protect a piece of work from being taken, used, and exploited
by others without permission.
One of the major steps to prevent copyright infringement is certainly through legislation. The cCopyright
regulations are aimed to secure interests of copyright holders. Even if copyright provides just partial
monopoly in a work, it is very important to follow the legal steps much needed nowadays, when new
software and hardware innovations make it easier to create, copy , alter, and disseminate an original piece
of work. Naturally, it all starts with the registration of a work with the Copyright Office, in this way a
person establishes a public record of their work and it enables them to seek damages if their copyright is
violated. Registering a copyright is easy. Nowadays you this can be done it byby means of online
registration or regular by postmail. The process is very simple:, the creator needs to complete the
application, and send it to the Copyright Office along with the copy of their work and the registration fee.
The registration of a copyright is the most important legal process which protects interests of a copyright
owner for life + 70 years. Therefore it is of great importance to follow these legal steps if they want to be
certain their work is completely protected.
Another legal step that can provide copyright infringement protection is surely through financial
punishment. According to the law the copyright owner is entitled to recover the actual damages suffered
as a result of infringement, and whereby any profits the infringer obtained using copyrighted material
must be paid back. Monetary punishment of copyright infringement varies from case by to case across
countries. The UK government, for example, plans to increase the maximum fine from £5,000 to £50,000,
as part of a their plan to protect 'creative Britain'. There is also the famous ‘Apple case’. Apple has been
fined 730,000 yuan, that is about $118,000, in China for copyright infringement. Namely, the People's
court in Beijing ruled against Apple after determineding that the works of three authors were sold through
iBookstore without their permission. Hopefully, harsher financial punishments will do the trick.
The point is that there is always going to be a mismatch between the rights of the public versus the rights
of the artist. The internet has created an arena where the sharing of copyrighted material has become
common. The copyright law needs to be reformed and harsher punishment should be set., iIn the mean
time existing statutory measures have to be suffice.