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What are some examples of copyright infringement?

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Examples of copyright infringement include making or distributing copies, using all or a part of a copyrighted work, sampling a song or generally using copyrighted work without permission. Even derivative work based on a copyrighted piece is infringement unless permission is obtained from the copyright owner.

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What are some examples of copyright infringement?
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Anyone who records a film or uploads a copy to the Internet, downloads a song without paying for it, copies a book and distributes it, or uses a photograph without obtaining permission is infringing on the owner's copyright protection. Derivative works can fall under fair use, making them legal without obtaining permission, if the derivative work is different enough from the original that it changes the meaning of the piece.

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