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    #1

    infringement vs violating

    1. Copyright infringement is punishable by state and federal law.
    2. Copyright violating is punishable by state and federal law.

    3. They were charged with violating federal law.
    4. They were charged with infringement federal law.

    Are the sentences above correct and natural?

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    #2

    Re: infringement vs violating

    1 and 3 are OK.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: infringement vs violating

    If you want to retain the structure of 1 in 2, use "copyright violation".
    4 should be "They were charged with [a] federal law infringement" or "... with infringing federal law".

    3 and 4 should use whatever words are actually used in the charge itself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: infringement vs violating

    Which word (violation or infringement) is stronger? I mean which of the words describes bigger crime?

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    #5

    Re: infringement vs violating

    I would say that "violation" sounds more serious. However, you might need someone with a legal background to tell you if there's a real (legal) difference.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: infringement vs violating

    You can violate traffic laws, so it doesn't have to be a big crime. I assume you infringe copyright because you are affecting someone else's legal right.

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    #7

    Re: infringement vs violating

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    Which word (violation or infringement) is stronger? I mean which of the words describes bigger crime?
    That is an unanswerable question given laws vary drastically between different countries.

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