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Copyright law protects against unauthorised use and provides a business framework for dealing in intellectual property.
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Using material without prior consent exposes you to legal action from the rights holder. A breach of copyright can lead to severe financial penalties and in some cases criminal liability, no matter how innocuous the use may seem.
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