Do unauthorized imports also violate copyright laws?
Sometimes, yes. In some cases, different companies control the rights to a work in different countries. More frequently a work in the public domain in one country is protected in another.
There is a widely held, but incorrect belief that copyright does not apply when the work has been published on the internet, or that it does not apply if there is no copyright notice on something. There is also a popular myth that you cannot be sued for copyright infringement if you don't make any money on the unauthorized copies you distribute.
No, it is a violation of copyright laws. Youtube routinely goes through and eliminates videos that violate those laws. They will also respond rapidly if requested to remove them from the copyright holders. Actually i posted a video and that happened to me,they send you an email you fill out the form and it is perfectly fine!
Depends upon who "finds" them and what actual violation is occurring. As a general rule, the copyright owner can sue for actual damages or, for a registered copyright in the USA, for statutory damages (up to $150,000). If the copyright infringement is also willful and for profit, it can be investigated by the FBI and result in criminal prosecution in addition to civil lawsuit. All infringing articles may be seized and destroyed. Also, if the…
In the United States, anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights
If you violate copyright laws, yes it is illegal. If you have been given permission to download the music (This is a free download!) or paid for it, there is no problem with downloading. If you copy the words off a web site, you are also breaking copyright laws. And if you pass it off as your own work, it is plagiarism and can get you a failing grade or even kicked out of school.