Copyright law protects original works of authorship such as books, articles, dramatic works, photographs, films, drawings, artistic works and even computer software. In some cases, such works of authorship constitute the core product or service around which a business is built. In other cases, businesses can take advantage of copyright protection for materials that are ancillary to their products and services, such as web site content, product manuals and promotional materials. Our Copyrights group assists clients with all aspects of copyright protection and exploitation, ranging from acquiring rights in copyrightable works, to licensing such works to others, to enforcing and defending rights in such works.
With the ever-expanding use of the internet, our Copyright group works closely with clients to protect their copyrighted material from online abuse through various approaches, including through litigation or the use of non-litigation tools provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Conversely, our lawyers expertly navigate around or acquire rights in the copyrights of others to avoid confrontation.