If I use one copyright image wrongfully

If one image is used but across 4 products for sale and we discover it is copyrighted … is it one infringement, 4 infringements or whatever number of items sold as infringement

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Alasdair Taylor's Answer

Particular acts of copyright infringement under English law are defined in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Acts of infringement include copying a protected work and communicating a protected work to the public.

It follows, I think, that in the case of an image used to sell a number of products online, the total number of infringements (which I take to be synonymous with acts of infringement) will depend upon the exact ways in which the images have been processed – and could clearly be many multiples of the number of products.

The question you ask does leave me wondering why the number of infringements matters.  I can imaging the question could come up in the context of the interpretation of a contract (e.g. because the contract distinguished between an infringement and multiple infringements) but in most situations it won’t really matter how many “technical” infringements can be counted.

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