(a) CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS.-Except as expressly provided otherwise in this title, no criminal proceeding shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within 5 years after the cause of action arose.
(b) CIVIL ACTIONS.-No civil action shall be maintained under the provisions of this title unless it is commenced within three years after the claim accrued.
17 U.S.C. § 507
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
HOUSE REPORT NO. 94-1476Section 507, which is substantially identical with section 115 of the present law [section 115 of former title 17], establishes a three-year statute of limitations for both criminal proceedings and civil actions. The language of this section, which was adopted by the act of September 7, 1957 (71 Stat. 633) [ Pub. L. 85-313, §1, Sept. 7, 1957, 71 Stat. 633], represents a reconciliation of views, and has therefore been left unaltered.
AMENDMENTS1998-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105-304 substituted "Except as expressly provided otherwise in this title, no" for "No".1997-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105-147 substituted "5" for "three".