What constitutes criminal copyright infringement?

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What constitutes criminal copyright infringement?

I designed and sold a product on-line for a very small profit (less than $500). A company contacted me and told me to stop b/c the artwork was copyrighted. Unwilling to face a suit, I took it down. Now the company’s law firm is asking for the revenue I’ve earned from the sale to settle the matter. I think that’s fair. But they want me to sign a document admitting I infringed a copyright. Does that make me vulnerable to federal prosecution even if the document states the owner releases me of liability?

Asked on March 2, 2012 under Business Law, Missouri

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