Copyrights vest to a creator of an original work of authorship once that work is fixed in a tangible form. Types of original works can include literary, musical, artistic, and certain other creative expressions, both published and unpublished. Registration is not necessary for the copyright protection to vest. Nonetheless, registering is necessary for enforcement in federal court and to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees from an infringer. To preserve the right to statutory damages and attorneys’ fees, an application must be filed within three months of publication or at least before infringement begins.
At Tsircou Intellectual Property Law, we assist our clients in registering, licensing and enforcing copyrights. We are also of benefit prior to the creation of a copyrightable work. At this early stage, we ensure that important issues such as ownership, financial considerations, and other concerns are identified and resolved and subsequently prepare agreements between the parties
Update in Data Rights Protections for companies’ participation in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Companies participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs have certain restrictions to their intellectual property rights if they receive funding from the federal government through their SBIR/STTR...
On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court handed down a decision striking down the federal prohibition on sports betting. This decision allows states to begin offering legal sports betting, in accordance with the state laws they develop…Professional leagues are trying to get in on the action as well.
Recently, with the aid of the much-discussed DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), game developers have begun to use the law as another tool in their arsenal in combatting cheaters. The application of these laws however can be controversial.
Amazon takes on counterfeiters for the first time in its 20 year history. Here are the details you need to know.
GIFs just became big business, and with money always come laws…