Copyright is a form of legal protection for written works including computer software, music and recordings, dramatic works, choreographic works, photographs, paintings, graphics, sculptures, audio video works, and architectural works. Generally any creative work that can be seen, heard or touched (either directly or with the aid of a machine) is protected by copyright laws. Copyright can also provide protection for a broad range of intellectual property.
As a copyright owner, you have the right to give permission to others to reproduce your copyrighted work. When your copyrighted work has been used without your permission, this is called “infringement” and you have the right to prosecute.
However, in order to have a successful copyright infringement claim, you must initially show that a copyright application has been filed, and either factual evidence of the infringement or that the “infringer” had access to the copyrighted work.
The copyright attorneys at T.W. Stevens will counsel clients on copyright registration and protection through litigation defense of fair-use. Additionally, we have extensive experience negotiating and drafting agreements involving copyrighted works.