As a creator, when you put time, emotion and effort into a creating a book, song, or any other work of art you desire for that piece of work to remain your own. Creators strive to maintain the integrity and keep the rights to the work they have produced. If you have become a victim of copyright infringement, our experienced business lawyer could help you recover the legal restitution you deserve.
At Pillar Law Group, APLC we understand that copyright infringement can happen accidentally, as a business you may be completely unaware of any infringement you may have committed. If you have been accused of copyright infringement, our attorney can help you build your defense. With over a decade of legal experience, you can be confident Pillar Law Group, APLC can provide you with top-notch legal advocacy.
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Copyright is a form of legal protection provided for authors of original work. Copyright law extends to literature, music, drama and some other forms of intellectual work and gives the original author the exclusive right to do the following:
One of the most beneficial aspects of copyright is that it is automatic, meaning nothing has to be done in order to provide protection. If an artist or author wishes to, they may register their work with the US Copyright Office, but protection begins the day a work becomes a fixed, tangible medium of expression.
Copyright protection begins at the time the work is created in a fixed form. The individual who created the work can claim copyright ownership of the work with the exception of works made for hire. In the case of works made for hire, the employer and not the employee is considered the author. Copyright law defines works for hire as works prepared by an employee within the scope of their employment and/or works specially ordered or commissioned.
Examples of works made for hire:
The widespread adoption of the internet completely metamorphosed the way our society consumes media. Legislators have worked endlessly on how to provide protection for an author’s intellectual property without holding back innovation. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the legislation currently in place to provide online protection to copyright holders.
The DMCA states that it is the copyright holder’s responsibility to notify the Internet Service Provider (ISP) where the material is uploaded of the copyright infringement. The service provider is generally required to act expeditiously and remove the content, however, the DMCA does not define “expeditiously” and therefore there is no definitive time frame.
Whether you are a copyright owner accusing another of copyright infringement or a business accused of copyright infringement we can fight for you. We can provide legal assistance with state copyright claims as well as national copyright claims.