Securing And Enforcing Copyright Protections
Copyrights are one of the cornerstones of intellectual property protection. They allow businesses and creators to protect original works from plagiarism, infringement, misuse and nonconsensual dissemination.
At Chenoweth Law Group, P.C., we provide professional legal guidance on all aspects of copyright law and intellectual property law. Our attorneys understand the nuanced business considerations that affect intellectual property. We understand that, for many businesses, intellectual property may be their strongest asset. Our team works diligently with clients to ensure that those assets are protected.
Understanding The Scope Of Copyright Protection
Unlike patents, which require registration as a precursor to obtaining protection, copyrights inhere automatically in certain original works. However, registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is a prerequisite for pursuing an infringement lawsuit.
Copyrights cover a broad range of original works, including:
- Written works
- Visual art
- Theatrical works
- Architectural plans and drawings
Copyright protections aren’t indefinite. They typically remain in effect for 70 years after the death of the creator. With works for hire, those protections last longer – 95 years after publication or 120 years after creation.
Work For Hire
Many businesses rely on employees or contractors to produce original works. It’s critical in these situations to have a watertight work-for-hire agreement that provides the business with full intellectual property ownership. Our lawyers help clients negotiate, draft and review strong contracts in this context.
Infringement occurs when another person or entity uses a copyrighted work without the owner or author’s permission. That use might include:
- Presenting it as their own
- Illegally downloading copyrighted works
- Modifying existing work without permission
- Making unauthorized recordings
- Using the copyrighted work for financial gain
However, there are some uses that don’t require permission. The “fair use” doctrine is often a contested issue in infringement cases.
Our attorneys help clients protect copyrighted works against infringement. Whether that means sending a cease and desist letter or pursuing a lawsuit, we will work with clients to take the right legal action in a swift manner.
Work With Our Attorneys On Your Copyright Matter
Based in Portland, Oregon, our legal team works with businesses, individuals and organizations in diverse sectors. We provide the knowledgeable guidance necessary for addressing copyright matters. Learn more by contacting us online or calling 253.200.5991.