Copyright Registration, Infringement, and Licensing

Registration

Are you a musician, artist, filmmaker, programmer, photographer, writer, or organization seeking to protect your creative work(s)? If you are seeking to acquire copyright protection on your creative work(s), the intellectual property lawyers at Wessels & Arsenault LLC can register your work quickly and effectively at the U.S. Copyright Office. Although original works are given a legally recognized “copyright” after they are completed, you aren’t completely protected by the law.

Here are examples of creative works that can benefit from copyright registration:

  • Musical works
  • Choreographed works
  • Sound recordings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Photographs
  • Literary works
  • Motion pictures / Audiovisual works
  • Computer programs
  • Architectural works
  • Dramatic works and screenplays

If you have created an original work and believe it could benefit from copyright protection, then we recommend that you contact our attorneys to discuss how you can register your work.  Registration of your original work opens the door to a lot more legal options and remedies that you would not have otherwise.

Failure to register your work at the U.S. Copyright Office may result in the loss of certain remedies you might not have otherwise in a copyright infringement claim, so it is always best to err on the side of caution and register your creative work if you are confident of its value. Copyrights are valuable legal tools because they provide a lengthy period of protection against others from copying, distributing, selling, or publishing your work without your permission. The most recent term of copyright protection for most registrants is currently the life of the creator of the work plus 70 years. Given the extensive period of protection and low cost to registration, it is almost always advised that a person consider registering a creative work they believe is valuable and could be used by others. The copyright attorneys at Wessels & Arsenault can efficiently file your copyrightable work online and get you the protection that you need against possible infringers. Call our Westminster, Colorado law office today for a free consultation and affordable rates for registration at the Copyright Office.

Copyright Infringement

What do you do if someone is infringing your work? Given today’s easy availability to digital images and media, it is unsurprising to discover that your creative work is being used online or elsewhere without your permission.  If someone is infringing your creative work by posting it online or misappropriating it in an advertisement or website, the copyright lawyers at Wessels & Arsenault LLC can ensure that the infringing party is placed on adequate notice of copyright infringement and can usually resolve the infringement issue without litigation.

Those accused of copyright infringement may have a number of possible defenses at their disposal, ranging from fair use, safe harbor protections, de minimis infringement, to denial that actual infringement occurred.  It is best to let an experienced copyright attorney review all possible defenses before you answer and respond to an accusation of copyright infringement.  We can ensure that all possible copyright infringement defenses are considered, so that your rights are protected.

If you are concerned with removal of a copyrighted work without seeking statutory damages or litigation, then our lawyers can help by drafting and sending an infringement takedown letter that complies with the rules and provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  In almost all instances where our attorneys have sent out DMCA take-down letters to infringing parties, the allegedly infringing parties have complied quickly and expeditiously with our requests. If litigation is required, our copyright litigation attorneys can handle the infringement claim in federal court and enforce your rights as a copyright holder.

Copyright Licensing

Do you have a famous relative or family member who has works that are still being used today?  Did you or your band at some point sign away the rights to your songs as “works for hire” to a record label?  Did you know that you or your heirs may have the right to reclaim some of those works after a certain time period?  If you are interested in whether you have the right to reclaim your works, then we recommend to contact our Denver-based copyright attorneys today.

Do you want to use an older creative work in an upcoming project but are unable to find the copyright owner to request a license?  Is the creative work you are interested in licensing still protected by copyright law?  Do you want to license your work to others to use and not want to be denied the royalties you should be entitled to? Let the copyright licensing lawyers at Wessels & Arsenault review your proposed contract to ensure that you aren’t signing your life over to a company that doesn’t have your best interests in mind. Our licensing attorneys have experience drafting and reviewing licensing and other royalty contracts, and our law firm can help you make the best decisions to protect your rights.

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Westminster, Colorado 80234

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