Subject: What is Copyright infringement
Content: Copyright infringement  (or  copyright violation ) is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works covered by  copyright law , in a way that violates one of the copyright owner's  exclusive rights , such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make  derivative works . For electronic and audio-visual media, unauthorized reproduction and distribution is also commonly referred to as  piracy  (an early reference was made by Daniel Defoe in 1703 when he said of his novel  True-born Englishman  : "Its being Printed again and again, by Pyrates" [ 2 ] ). The practice of labeling the act of infringement as "piracy" actually predates copyright itself. Even prior to the 1709 enactment of the  Statute of Anne , generally recognized as the first copyright law, the  Stationers' Company  of London in 1557 received a  Royal Charter  giving the company a  monopoly  on publication and tasking it with enforcing the charter. Those who violated the charter were labeled pirates as early as 1603. [ 3 ] The legal basis for this usage dates from the same era, and has been consistently applied until the present time. [ 4 ] [ 5 ]  Critics of the use of the term "piracy" to describe such practices contend that it is pejorative and unfairly equates copyright infringement with more sinister activity, [ 6 ] though courts often hold that under law the two terms are interchangeable. [ 7 ] More info on :