Innocent Infringer Defense

Full Question: If I didn’t know that what I was doing violated the copyright law, isn’t that a good defense or could I still be found guilty of infringement?

Answer: The copyright law does not require the person committing the violation, or responsible for the violation, to be aware that their actions violate the law. Although people who knowingly and willfully violate copyright are penalized more severely than those who do so unknowingly, the law does not excuse copyright infringements that were undertaken inadvertently or unknowingly – those individuals just receive a lesser penalty.