Is copyright a criminal or civil case?

An official website of the United States government Official websites use. gov A. gov The website belongs to an official government organization of the United States. The civil statute of limitations is three years, but there is a five-year statute of limitations for a federal prosecutor to bring criminal action against an offender.

Federal prosecutors are encouraged to pay special attention to violators who are successfully sued through civil proceedings and yet continue to infringe. A civil infringement lawsuit is something you wouldn't want to see criminally prosecuted as well.