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Violation or breach of a statutory intellectual property right, allowing the right-holder to recover civil remedies against the infringer. Some infringements are also criminal offences — for example, certain deliberate copyright infringements. "Substantial infringement" denotes the unauthorized taking of something less than or different from the protected subject matter — for example, taking a chapter from a copyright book. What takings are or are not substantial is often controversial.