Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How are copyright offences prosecuted?
Generally speaking criminal sanctions regarding copyright infringement in Australia have revolved around the first category of offences, where individuals or businesses have engaged in producing copyrighted media for profit without permission of the copyright holder.
Owing to the nature of copyright infringement, owners have also played a visible role in collecting evidence for criminal prosecutions by making purchases of movies or software themselves, and then passing on evidence to the police. Although there may be an attitude that copyright infringement is a matter for the Australian Federal Police, a copyright owner is still perfectly within their rights in seeking the assistance of State and Territory authorities when investigating a criminal offence under the Copyright Act.