Valuable copyrights exist in many different forms of expression when fixed to a tangible medium. We help our clients identify when copyrightable material exists in their particular business assets (e.g., many different types of literary works such as software and documents, architectural works, audiovisual works, photographic images, sound recordings, and pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works), and when and how to protect these rights.
Regular registration of your copyrightable works by following a schedule of timely filing applications with the U.S. Copyright Office is an essential business process to help protect your valuable rights. No civil action for infringement of the copyright in any work shall be instituted until registration of the copyright claim has been made. Filing for copyright registration also provides other significant benefits to owners of the copyrights. Our firm works with you to pursue registration of your valuable copyrightable works on a regular schedule to help you maximize the value of your protected copyrighted works.
The rise of the internet has given rise to a new layer of copyright issues as copyright owners are constantly looking at the wealth of information offered on the internet for ways to both protect and monetize their works. We help both owners with cease and desist letters and other steps in protecting their assets; conversely we help those who are accused of copyright violation to resolve any issues as expeditiously and efficiently as possible.
Music copyright is one of the more complicated areas of copyright law. Do you need to understand how to license or sell your music or do you need to secure the rights to the song for your next commercial? Artists, songwriters, producers, distributors, and even consumers rely on contracts to create, sell and listen to music. Many performers and event producers are independent contractors, and music producers rely on distributors to sell their work. Our firm can help you understand this area of copyright law by helping you to secure the rights needed to keep the music playing.