Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Am I A Part Owner If I Fix a Defective Audio File?
No, converting an audio file from one format to another or fixing defects that make a file unplayable do not amount to copyrightable contributions and you wouldn't acquire any ownership rights to the resulting work. As a result of a 1991 Supreme Court case, copyright law no longer rewards labor (or "sweat of the brow" efforts), only original contributions to works of authorship.
Sued for infringement? We're missing something, here. Why were you sued for infringement? If you only possessed the converted copy and were not distributing it, there are no damages and no unauthorized copying. So there's no basis for someone to sue.