infringement

noun
in·​fringe·​ment | \ in-ˈfrinj-mənt \

Definition of infringement

1 : the act of infringing : violation
2 : an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege

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Examples of infringement in a Sentence

any government action limiting freedom of speech is an infringement of the U.S. Constitution

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In addition to the complaint that Spotify was engaging in copyright infringement by neglecting to send these paper notifications, Wixen also claimed that Spotify was failing to pay out songwriter royalties about 21 percent of the time. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Spotify and Wixen settle the music publishing company’s $1.6 billion lawsuit," 20 Dec. 2018 Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said Sepulveda could be charged with security law infringement, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Fox News, "Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats," 17 Aug. 2018 The use of technology shouldn't add up to infringement, argued Kelly Klaus of Munger Tolles & Olson. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'," 18 June 2018 China considered the Vatican's insistence as an infringement on its sovereignty. Because of the dispute, China over the years named some bishops without papal consent, some of whom were then excommunicated by the church. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 China considered the Vatican’s insistence as an infringement on its sovereignty. Because of the dispute, China over the years named some bishops without papal consent, some of whom were then excommunicated by the church. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 Nintendo filed a lawsuit against two ROM-hosting sites recently: LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, seeking $150 thousand for each Nintendo ROM hosted and an additional $2 million per trademark infringement. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Forza 7 removes loot boxes, Forsaken remastered, and Nintendo sues ROM sites," 27 July 2018 The Swedes and their Scandinavian neighbors have frequently complained about territorial infringements by Russian warplanes and submarines, grievances that Russia has dismissed as Western propaganda. New York Times, "If War Comes? Stock Up on Tortillas and Wet Wipes, Sweden Suggests," 21 May 2018 According to Amazon, its team responds to 93 percent of all notices of potential infringement received on its Brand Registry within four hours. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "Amazon May Have a Counterfeit Problem," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of infringement

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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infringement

noun
in·​fringe·​ment

Legal Definition of infringement

: the act or an instance of infringing especially : the unauthorized use of copyrighted or patented material or of a trademark, trade name, or trade dress — see also equivalent, fair use

Note: Infringement of a trademark, trade name, or trade dress involves use of one by the infringer that is the same as that of the owner or so similar that it is likely to deceive or to cause confusion or mistake on the part of the average purchaser. Infringement of a copyright involves the copying of a material and substantial portion of the protected work. If the alleged infringer denies copying, the copyright holder may be able to prove infringement with circumstantial evidence of the infringer's access to the protected work and of similarities between the two works.

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