Copyright Law

Copyrights are the first step to protecting works such as websites, photographs, written content, graphic design, software, and music. Preparing and filing a copyright application is the next step for enforcing the rights to the work. Despite the relatively low filing costs, the copyright process can be deceptively simple. Our copyright lawyers can help.

Copyright Application

Although copyrights can technically be created once fixed to a tangible medium, there are still valid reasons to register the work with the U.S Copyright Office. Registered works can help companies preserve its rights to recover attorneys’ fees and certain statutory damages. Time is of the essence in protecting these rights, and filing the application immediately after its creation is a method that can be routinely used to help ensure adequate protection.

Because there there other methods to protecting intellectual property, copyrights may not be the most appropriate means to accomplishing legal protection.

Although not required, consulting a copyright attorney for advice and assitance with filing a copyright application can help companies determine whether copyright is the appropriate means to protecting the work, ensure that the application is completed and filed appropriately, and discuss other ways to protect the work.

Enforcement

Companies that have valid copyrights may be put into a position to defend their rights. Ways to accomplish this include preparing and sending cease and desist letters to those who may be infringing on the companies copyrights. Another avenue is to use takedown notices to the parties who may be facilitating the publication of an infringing work. As a last resort, a company may be forced to initiate a lawsuit in federal court to enforce its rights. Our copyright lawyers can assist businesses with copyright enforcement.

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