In today’s competitive business environment, copyrights remain an important way to safeguard your original works of authorship. Whether you operate in a large company setting, or are an early stage company or individual, our highly qualified and experienced copyright lawyers are a proven resource for protecting and enforcing your copyrights.
Our lawyers stay abreast of the cutting edge issues in this dynamic field and have expertise in a number of creative fields, including software, literary, music, movies, and Web sites, among other areas. Copyrights are a sometimes ignored, but potentially controlling Intellectual Property asset. Under current law, certain copyrights have been extensive, and copyright protection obtained for certain items such as television programs and sound recordings that were broadcast decades ago. Copyrights can be obtained for creations on or after computer software to architectural plans. Where employees or independent contractors have several involvement in the creative process, it is important that they enter into an agreement clarifying that the copyright is owned by their employer.
In addition, several foreign countries have strict laws concerning “moral rights” which can give an employee who assigned the copyright years ago the right to prevent “mutilation”. Again such laws require carefully drafted employee/independent contractor agreements.