Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection that allows a copyright holder to control the way original works of authorship are used and distributed. Examples of works that can be copyrighted include books, websites, paintings, illustrations, songs, computer software, movies, and architecture. In today’s business landscape, it is more important than ever for businesses and entrepreneurs to take every step necessary to protect their intellectual property (IP) from misappropriation, as in many cases, IP is their most valuable asset.
At Mandour & Associates, we are committed to helping businesses with issues related to copyright and other types of intellectual property rights and protections.
Helping Protect IP through Copyright Registration
United States copyright law states that the moment a work of authorship is fixed to a tangible medium, it becomes copyrighted. Still, it is highly advisable for anyone seeking copyright protection for a particular work of authorship to register the copyright with the United States Copyright Office, as registration is necessary before a copyright infringement lawsuit can be filed. After registering a copyright, the copyright owner can recover attorney’s fees and statutory damages if the work was registered prior to the infringement. At Mandour & Associates, we advise individuals regarding obtaining copyrights for their original works of authorship and are qualified to obtain a registration on behalf of business owners and entrepreneurs.
Copyright Infringement Representation
The purpose of copyright protection is to give the author of a work the exclusive right to distribute and profit from that work. To this end, copyright law prohibits others from exploiting or copying the works of others. When the owner of a work believes that infringement has occurred, the first step is often a cease and desist letter in an attempt to resolve the matter without resorting to litigation. If infringement has occurred, the infringer can be required to pay damages to the copyright holder.
The outcome of a copyright case depends on the copyright laws at issue but often turns on whether there is “substantial similarity” between the works. Not surprisingly, the determination of whether a work is similar enough to another work to constitute infringement is often a highly subjective matter. This means that the way a case is presented has a significant impact on the outcome. For this reason, it is important for anyone on either side of a copyright infringement lawsuit to retain a qualified copyright attorney.
Contact Mandour & Associates Today to Schedule a Consultation with a Copyright Lawyer
If you have a legal issue related to copyright or any other intellectual property matter, you should speak with a copyright attorney as soon as possible. We maintain offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, and we are available for a consultation with you at any time. To get started, please contact us via contact form today.