How do I defend my copyright?
How do I give notice of my copyright?
Proper notice consists of the symbol "©" or the word "Copyright" along with the year of publication and name of the copyright owner. What if someone is infringing my copyright?
What if someone is infringing my copyright?
The penalties for violating a copyright can be severe. The copyright owner is entitled to and may receive actual damages, profits and willful infringement damages. A court may also issue injunctions prohibiting continued infringement, or it may issue a writ of seizure to impound infringing articles. In some cases, the court may even order the infringer to pay attorney's fees.
If someone is infringing on your copyright, it is important that you contact an attorney. Your rights to procedures and compensation can depend on whether or not you formally registered a copyright. If someone is infringing on your copyright, it is important that you contact an attorney. Your rights to procedures and compensation can depend on whether or not you formally registered a copyright.
Our Attorneys have wide-ranging experience in prosecuting and defending against copyright lawsuits before the United States District Courts and the United States Courts of Appeal. We are meticulous in our analysis of claimed infringement under the Copyright Act and each of our Client's goals. We work with each Client to develop a clear understanding of the media involved, such as literary, pictoral, graphic, or sculptural works, sound recordings, architectural works, or any combination of these. We carefully evaluate the specific exclusive rights embodied in the media, and whether copying of the expression (as opposed to the idea) has taken place. We also carefully evaluate whether any potential defense, such as the commonly-asserted "fair use" defense, exists to defeat any lawsuit of copyright infringement. We assist our Clients in establishing their copyright lawsuit goals, which may be to successfully defend against a copyright infringement lawsuit and preserve their rights to use certain works, or to pursue a copyright infringement lawsuit against infringers and stop (enjoin) those infringers from infringing the copyright, require the infringers to disgorge their profits attributable to the copyright infringement and pay our Client's losses, and require the infringers to pay our Client's Attorney's fees and costs. We diligently re-evaluate the possible results and risks of any copyright infringement lawsuit, and communicate those possible results and risks to the Client on a regular basis. Moreover, our Attorneys adhere to the Ten Commandments of Litigation which we developed solely for the benefit of our Clients.
We have proven experience in handling cases alleging, among other things, infringement of literary expression, infringement of sound recordings and films, and infringement involving derivative works, compilations, and multi-media.
When you need a litigation copyright Attorney in the Orange County or Los Angeles County area, please call to schedule your free initial consultation.