Copyright Lawyers in Orange County Helping Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Copyright is a bundle of legal rights that is used to protect an original work of authorship.  Original works of authorship, such as plays, books, pieces of music, paintings, and software can be copyrighted.  This protection is available for both published and unpublished works.  The owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to do or to authorize others to do the following, among other rights:

  • Create derivative works
  • Distribute the work to the public by sale, rental, lease, or lending
  • Perform the work in public
  • Display the work in public

For many startups and existing businesses, their intellectual property is their most valuable—or even sole—asset.  For this reason, it is critical for anyone with a financial interest in a work of authorship to take every step possible to protect her or his legal rights.  Typically, this starts with retaining a qualified copyright attorney.

Helping Copyright Holders Protect their Rights through Copyright Registration

Many people who create copyrightable works are surprised to learn that that copyright protections begin the moment that a work is created.  While this is true, it is highly advisable for creators to register their copyright with the United States Copyright Office as soon as they can.  There are a number of benefits associated with registering a copyright, including the following:

  • You will be able to file an infringement lawsuit (unregistered copyright holders cannot sue for infringement)
  • You will be entitled to attorney’s fees and statutory damages if your registration preceded the infringement

Qualified to Provide Counsel and Representation Regarding Copyright Infringement Disputes

Copyright infringement can have a substantial financial impact on a rightful copyright holder. Determining whether a work is a copyright infringment requires significant legal expertise, and not every instance of potential infringement requires litigation to resolve.  At Mandour & Associates, we understand the complex law regarding copyright infringement and are qualified to help copyright holders assert their rights.  In addition, we work with businesses and entrepreneurs who are defending against copyright enforcement actions.

Representing Clients Involved in Copyright Litigation

In some cases, a copyright dispute will require resolution in court.  When this occurs, it is essential that everyone involved be represented by an experienced lawyer.  The Orange County copyright attorneys of Mandour & Associates are qualified to work with both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright litigation.

Contact Us Today to Speak with an Orange County Copyright Lawyer

At Mandour & Associates, we solely practice intellectual property law so that we can provide our clients with focused, aggressive, and effective legal representation.  To schedule a consultation with one of our Orange County copyright lawyers, please send us an email through our contact form today.