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- (law) False claims of copyright, such as a claim of copyright ownership of public domain material.
2006, Mark Jordan, Putting Content Online: A Practical Guide for Libraries, ISBN 9781843341765, page 47, 48:
- Copyfraud is falsely claiming copyright ownership of works in the public domain. […] Mazzone's article describes copyfraud within the context of US copyright law, but he points out that: ‘As a result of the Berne Convention, there are some basic similarities throughout much of the world.[’]
- Made possible because people trust in the veracity of something that at times is nothing more than a chimera, copyfraud is a particularly acute problem when exacerbated by public institutions like museums.
- False claims do not need to be fraudulent or made in bad faith to qualify as copyfraud.