Copyright enforcement is more than securing rights for artistic or literary works; it is protection of a critical business component. With rapidly evolving media and continuing advances in internet related technology, copyright challenges have become more commonplace.

Boyer Law Firm’s copyright practical experience, coupled with the lawyer’s business background, give valuable insight into our clients’ underlying business goals and needs in copyright litigation matters.

Our expertise extends to all aspects of copyright law including:

  • counseling on the effective and appropriate use and protection of copyrighted materials
  • assisting with rights clearance and developing registration procedures with our clients
  • obtaining copyright registrations
  • enforcing and defending copyright infringements
  • negotiating and preparing appropriate consents, licenses and releases
  • developing internet policies, terms and conditions, and website review
  • monitoring legislation that impacts on copyright right and usage

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Types of Works Are Eligible for Copyright Protection?

Copyright protection extends to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium. This includes literary works, music, art, software, and even certain types of databases.

2. How Do I Register a Copyright?

Copyright registration involves submitting an application to the U.S. Copyright Office. The application includes basic information about the work and the author, along with a copy of the work. Registration provides legal advantages, such as the ability to sue for statutory damages.

3. What Constitutes Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement occurs when someone uses copyrighted material without permission. This can include unauthorized copying, distribution, or public performance of the work. Legal consequences can include fines and potential imprisonment.

4. What is Fair Use?

Fair use is a legal doctrine that allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission for specific purposes like criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. However, determining what constitutes fair use can be complex and often requires legal advice.

5. How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?

The duration of copyright protection depends on several factors, including when the work was created and the circumstances of its creation. For works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years