How can you help clients with copyright matters?

I assist clients with the protection of original literary, musical and performing works.  These services include:

•   Reviewing all materials presented for purposes of copyright registration

•   Advising clients regarding proper use of copyright notice

•   Filing applications for copyright registration with the Library of Congress

•   Assisting clients with resolving copyright infringement issues

Do I need a copyright registration?

If you have an original creative work such as a book, menu, website, computer program, art work, photograph or the like, then you may wish to register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office.  It is not required.  You have a copyright by virtue of having created the work.  However, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement, you will need to register.

What is the benefit of registration?

By registering your work, you create a public record of your copyright and you receive a certificate of registration.  You also become eligible for statutory damages and attorneys fees in the event of litigation.  If you register your work within five years after publication, then your certificate of registration is prima facie evidence of your ownership of the work.

What is the difference between a copyright, trademark and patent?

An important distinction to make is that copyright is not the same as trademarks or patents.

A copyright protects the expression of an idea, such as books, music and paintings.  Patents protect an idea, process, machine, design, and composition of a product.  Trademarks protect the name, symbol, design or other identifier used to indicate the source of a product or service.

Please contact me to discuss your specific copyright issue.