Murfreesboro Copyright Lawyer
Companies rely on the protection of their intellectual property (“IP”) to remain competitive in the marketplace. Copyright protects original content fixed in a tangible medium – such as images, books, and marketing materials while trademarks protect company names and logos.
A copyright comes into existence when the work – the thing created – is put on paper, recorded, or otherwise fixed to something that can be touched. A registration with the Copyright Office does not create the copyright. A copyright registration simply puts the world on notice of your claim and meets a requirement to file a lawsuit to stop infringement.
Copyright owners own a bundle of rights that include the right to reproduce the work, publicly display the work, distribute the work, create new versions, or changed versions of the work, and other rights. When someone does any of those things without the copyright owner’s permission, that is called infringement and may subject that person to paying the copyright owner money.
A Murfreesboro copyright lawyer could help individuals and businesses when they believe that an infringement on their rights has occurred. Our seasoned attorneys at the firm are prepared to evaluate the trademark or copyright infringement, demand payment through settlements, or take cases to court to protect your company. The firm often takes such cases on modified or full contingency fee arrangements in which there is no fee for our services if it does not recover compensation for you.
Purpose of Copyright
The right to grants copyrights is found in the United States Constitution. The purpose of copyrights is to give the work to the public domain at a point in the future. Over time, the duration of the rights have extended beyond the life of individuals and many, many years for companies.
What Remedies Can Murfreesboro Companies Seek After Infringement?
One way that the government ensure the works go into the public domain is a copyright registration. Although a copyright comes into existence upon putting pen-to-paper or typing into a computer, a copyright owner cannot file an infringement lawsuit with a copyright registration. Unless an application for registration is timely filed, a copyright owner also cannot obtain attorney’s fees or statutory damages.
Statutory damages are one of the unique ways to compensation copyright owners. Copyright owners can chose to take a statutory award which range from $750 to $15,000 per work and can be increased to $30,000 per work. The judge or jury determines the amount of statutory damages. To obtain statutory damages, a copyright owner must chose between actual damages or statutory damages. Where a work has been copyright and widely sold, actual damages may be better. However, where the infringer gives away copies of the work, publishes for free on the internet, or simply has not made money, statutory damages may be a better choice.
A Murfreesboro copyright attorney could help to protect a company’s intellectual property. This may involve cease and desist letters or lawsuits to protect an owner’s rights in marketing material, website content, music compositions, works of physical art, product packaging, architectural designs, and other types of words, art, and/or graphic
Our attorneys at the Miller Injury Firm could help you recover appropriate compensation after an infringement. This could start with the issuance of a cease-and-desist letter that demands that the infringing parties stop their actions. If this fails to bring the proper result, an attorney could demand cash payments through a settlement. Finally, a lawyer could take the lead to file and pursue a complaint in federal court that demands compensation for trademark or copyright disputes.
Reach Out to a Murfreesboro Copyright Attorney
Your company relies on the protections that a copyright provides. However, merely taking steps to register this intellectual property is not enough. From time to time, it is necessary to protect your IP from the infringing actions of other parties.
This is where a Murfreesboro copyright lawyer could help. Our team could provide more information about intellectual property, evaluate the actions of other parties to determine if infringement has occurred, and act to seek out fair remedies in and out of court. Reach out to the firm today to learn more about how we could help you while working on a contingency, modified contingency, or billable basis.