Copyright Law

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Copyrights are important intellectual property (IP) assets. The long term of copyrights and the automatic nature of copyright protection make this type of IP the most common of all of the types of IP.  

Paradies® intellectual property law services provides assistance and advice relating to registration of works of authorship, which is an important step in making sure that your rights are protected fully.

We assist owners with taking down infringing websites and with lawsuits relating to copyright infringement.  

We help defend clients against false claims of copyright infringement.

The business and legal terms of copyright agreements have lasting impacts on ownership and use of copyrighted works.

Copyright law is the easiest and least expensive way to take down an infringing, knock-off website.

Registering your copyright has many benefits: presumed ownership, attorneys' fees and statutory damages being among the most important benefits of registration of your copyright at https://www.copyright.gov

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Ownership

An author owns rights in a work of authorship, unless:

  • the author is an employee working within the scope of employment for an employer;
  • the author is working within the scope of a work made for hire agreement and the work of authorship is a type allowed to be covered by a work made for hire; or
  • the author signed a valid assignment.

If you have had anyone create an original work of authorsip, and one of the above does not apply, then, someone else owns the copyright in the work, even if you paid for it to be created. It doesn't matter if you thought you owned the copyright. These are the ONLY ways in the U.S. for ownership in a copyrighted work to be transferred, outside of an estate after death of the author.


Licenses

An owner of a copyright has the right to license any of the bundle of rights owned. In some cases, a court may determine that some of the rights have been licensed by an implied license; however, it is best to document any license in a written agreement, reviewed by counsel.  

Paradies® law can prepare written licenses, and our professionals have experience reviewing and negotiating license rights.