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The internet - filesharing and copyright

This section explains your rights when using other people's materials, and what to do if you have been accused of illegally downloading or filesharing material.

The internet – using other people’s material

If you copy other people's material from the internet without permission, you're breaking the law. This is called copyright theft. You could be taken to court, fined and sent to prison for breaking copyright laws. Find out what is and isn't allowed.

Copyright infringement and illegal filesharing - overview

Overview of illegal filesharing, downloading and copyright infringement

What to do if you're accused of copyright infringement

What to do if you receive a letter accusing you of copyright infringement relating to illegal filesharing.

What to check before you respond to a letter before action accusing you of copyright infringement

What to check to try and prove that you did not commit a copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing

How to respond if you deny the claim of copyright infringement

Denying a claim of copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.

How to respond if you admit to the copyright infringement

Admitting to copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.

Calculating financial compensation for online copyright infringement

Calculating financial compensation for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.

Additional costs and damages that may be claimed for online copyright infringement

Additional costs and damages for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing

Offering to settle the claim of copyright infringement with a Part 36 offer

Offering to settle the claim for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing with a Part 36 offer.

If your claim for copyright infringement goes to court

What to do if you are taken to court for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.

If a copyright owner or their agent is threatening or pressuring you to pay compensation

What to do if a copyright owner or their agent is putting you under pressure to pay compensation for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.

Speculative invoicing and “pay up or else” schemes for copyright infringement

How to recognise whether a letter claiming compensation for copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing is a scam and what to do about it.,

If you're accused of online copyright infringement

What to do if you've received a letter accusing you of copyright infringement related to illegal filesharing.