COPYRIGHT

The law of copyright protects the rights of the creators of original works and gives them the authority to decide how the works are used. These works may consist of music, art, writing, or other materials.

The De Cárdenas Law Group can help with all stages of the copyright process from registration through enforcement. We can work with you to develop a strategy to protect your creative works and position them so that you can derive the maximum value from them for your business’ intellectual property.

Strategy
Copyright law is complex and with the advent of digital technologies, new questions arise regularly. In the arena of software, your copyright strategy needs to extend to research and development and work done “for hire” by contractors and consultants. Our knowledge spans these areas and also covers other relevant areas of copyright law.
Licensing
We can also work with your business on the licensing of copyrighted material – an important revenue stream for many of today’s businesses.
Fair Use
Owners of copyrights sometimes must deal with issues regarding “fair use” of their copyrighted material. “Fair use” of a copyrighted work has been developed as an exception to copyright infringement because of the greater societal need for public dissemination of copyrighted information. “Fair uses” are determined on a case by case basis depending on the nature of the copyrighted work, the character of the use, the amount of the copyrighted work used as a whole, and the effect on the market for the copyrighted work. Our attorneys advise our clients on how best to deal with “fair use” disputes.

 

Many businesses can benefit from skilled counsel in the area of copyright law. We also work with licensors and licensees – to provide counsel and guidance on maximizing the value of any copyright-related transaction deal or agreement.