Practice

Copyrights

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Experienced Copyright Attorneys

The attorneys of are experienced in the realm of copyright law. We have secured copyrights for our clients, licensed copyrighted materials, and litigated cases of copyright infringement on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Copyrights

A Copyright protects the original expression of an idea that has been reduced to a tangible medium, i.e., a book, song, sound recording, website, architectural work, movie, sculpture or computer program. Copyright exists from the moment of creation and when the expression is fixed, regardless of whether a Copyright is registered with the Copyright office. Copyrights extend to protect the following exclusive rights of the owner to the original work:

  • Reproduction
  • Distribution
  • making derivative works
  • Display
  • Performance

Copyright Registration

While copyright exists with or without registration, copyright registration is important because:

  • Filing is inexpensive
  • Having a registered Copyright gives a plaintiff the right to seek attorney fees from an infringer
  • Having a registered copyright can entitle an owner to "statutory" damages-which are relatively easy to prove in Court
  • Having a registered Copyright makes it easier to license your expression and generate revenue from the original work
  • Having a registered Copyright makes it easier to exclude counterfeits and pursue criminal remedies. can help protect Copyrights through filing of Copyright applications on your behalf

Transactions Involving Copyrighted Work

can work with you to ensure that in any purchase or sale of copyrighted materials, that you acquire or sell the whole work--or a desired portion. For example, when a business pays to have a website developed, unless it is structured as a "work for hire" ownership may not be clear. Even many lawyers forget to give due concern to these specialized issues. is qualified to evaluate such contracts to ensure that the intellectual property rights are all accounted for and assigned as the case may require in the Copyright Office or United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Copyright Litigation

If a defendant has violated Copyrights, or alleged violation of copyrights, can represent your interests. Copyright litigation proceeds in federal courts and sometimes in arbitration settings. Based in San Diego, California, is well versed and experienced with copyright infringement litigation.

Contact

La Jolla, California

875 Prospect, Suite 305
La Jolla, California 92037

Tel: 858-459-9111
Fax:858-459-9120

Los Angeles, CA

2029 Century Park East
Suite 400N
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Tel: 310-593-4193

Houston, Texas

1201 Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77007

Tel: 713-589-2214
Fax:713-583-9644