Copyright is often thought of as a protection given to “creative” individuals (authors, musicians, photographers, artists, etc.) However, exclusive rights provided under copyright law can have tremendous value for businesses across nearly all industries. Our copyright attorneys assist with protecting unique works through copyright registration.
Copyright Prosecution & Counseling
By crafting both a short-term and long-term strategy, our attorneys assist clients in maximizing the true value of their copyrightable works. Copyrightable works include, for example:
- Computer Software
- Architectural Designs
- Sound Recordings
We provide assistance with securing, retaining, and enforcing clients’ exclusive rights in their copyrighted works, as well as with preparing and prosecuting copyright applications for a variety of genres to ensure copyright protection.
Although copyright registration typically is a legal formality to make a public record of the copyrighted work, federal registration for works of a U.S. origin may be necessary to file a lawsuit in court for copyright infringement. Copyright prosecution and the ability to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees will likely depend on the timing of registration. Additionally, copyright registration may allow the owner of a copyright to record the work with the U.S. Customs Service in order to protect against the importation or exportation of potentially infringing copies.
Other forms of Copyright Protection
In addition to copyright registration, our intellectual property attorneys also assist with protection of unique, creative copyrights works through:
- Copyright Licensing
- Agreements and Contracts
- Due Diligence Reviews
- Monitoring for Infringement
- Cease and Desist Letters
- Social Media Monitoring and Enforcement
- Best Practices Counseling
- Copyright Litigation (Prosecution as well as Defense)