Intellectual Property Law Firm

What is a copyright?

A copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works; copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.

Do copyrights have to be registered?

While copyright registration is not required in order for a work of authorship to be protected, we recommend that our clients register their original works for many reasons. First, clients want to have a certificate of registration and have their copyright information on the public record. Also, a work must be registered in order for a client to be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Furthermore, a registration is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law if the registration occurs within five years of publication. We assist our clients in this process by preparing and filing the required application, fee and copies of the work to be registered with the Copyright Office.

Copyright Litigation

In addition to registering copyrights for our clients, we also represent our clients in litigation matters involving copyrights. We have represented various clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright infringement cases in federal court. We have also represented a client that was sued for copyright infringement involving computer software.

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Contact Attorney Henry Sneath, chair of our Intellectual Property Group, at 412-288-4013. Our PSMN ® copyright and trademark lawyers help clients navigate intellectual property including trademarks and copyrights by providing them with the knowledge and information needed to make informed decisions.