Infringement is handled in civil court.
The legal term (and concept) is "copyright infringement". This is more accurate, as "violation" is more properly a term for criminal activities, not civil actions, and copyright law is Civil Law (though, unfortunately, there now also exists certain Criminal Laws for certain copyright infringement situations). Specifically, copyright infringement is the copying (in whole or in part) of a copyrighted work without the express consent of the copyright owner of that work. There are specific exceptions to where certain amounts of copying are legal (most prominently, but not exclusively, the "Fair Use" doctrine).
It's a civil violation of federal law.
None. Civil law is civil law. Criminal law is criminal law. They do not intersect. Some crimes have civil and criminal punishments though. A very common example is assault, which is a criminal charge. You can also be held liable under civil law for battery. Other examples are as follows: Copyright infringement laws: If you illegally reproduce copyrighted materials, you can be charged under criminal law (not necessarily imprisonment, but a sentence under criminal law). The company who owns the copyright may also sue you in civil court. Drunk driving: If you drive drunk and hit a person, they sue you (civil law), and you will receive DUI charges.
Copyright is generally civil, although some countries, such as the USA, also have criminal copyright codes. 18 USC § 2319 Criminal copyright 17 USC § 501 Civil copyright
Yes, if you are using limewire to infringe on someones' copyright by distributing protected material.Although criminal prosecutions for copyright infringement are rare (it's usually a civil case), there are provisions in copyright law that allow for jail terms as long as 10 years for "willful and deliberate" infringement.
Copyright law is a civil matter. But sometimes it can stray into criminal law, if for example you download a movie illegally that is a civil matter, but if you then sell copies of that movie it is criminal. To clarify, in the UK it is not illegal to buy 'pirate' DVDs but it is illegal to sell them.
While it is rare, there are provisions in US Copyright law to allow for criminal prosecution of copyright infringement with penalties of up to 10 years in prison.
Under current US law fines for non criminal infringement can range as high as $150,000.00 USD per infringement. However if the standard for felony criminal copyright infringement is met the fine can reach $250,000.00 per infringement. Additionally in the case of repeat offenses all fines can be doubled.
Infringement is normally handled in civil court, although the law allows for criminal charges in extreme cases. That being said, the vast majority of infringement cases are settled long before they reach court at all.
Up to $250,000 and five years in prison, although most fines are below $30,000. However, the vast majority of copyright infringement is civil, not criminal, and requires the copyright owners to sue in federal court. Statutory damages may range up to $150,000 for a registered copyright, but actual damages can include much more if the infringement resulted in much more. To become a criminal infringement it must typically be "willful" and for "profit", although US law also criminalizes the act of infringement of over $1,000 worth of materials, regardless of whether the defendant intended to profit. 18 USC § 2319.
Many types of willful infringement of copyright are felonies, under US copyright law. 18 USC § 2319 lists the penalties for various violations, including felonies and misdemeanor copyright crimes. These penalties are in addition to any civil damages or injunction for infringement, which may be claimed by a copyright owner through a lawsuit.