Owning a Copyright

Owning a Copyright

Expressing something in a fixed format opens the door to copyright ownership. A United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent attorney search will show according to the copyright laws of the United States, a person has a “common law” copyright to a creative expression once it has been expressed in a “fixed medium.” Greenberg & Lieberman offers expert copyright registration services.

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Registering Your Copyright

A registered copyright can begin the date of creation and will last the creator’s lifetime plus 70 years. A copyright can only be enforced if recorded. Greenberg & Lieberman intellectual property lawyers can help you obtain copyrights for any category with ease.

Filing your rights to a copyright properly ensures your rights are protected. A violation of these rights by others can include statutory damages (up to $150,000 for each intentional infringement of some types of copyrighted material) and attorneys’ fees. Most importantly, you must have a copyright registration in order to pursue a legal claim and such a registration shifts the burden to the opposing party for showing ownership of a disputed creation.

Protecting Your Copyright

If you do not protect your creation with a registered copyright this opens the door for someone else to pass off your hard work as their own. The simplest way to protect your rights is to register your work with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. The attorneys at Greenberg & Lieberman will advise you as to the best methods for protecting your creative expression. Not only will they review all materials, assist in obtaining proper documentation and submitting for your copyright they will be there to help you should the day come when someone infringes on your work. Copyright licensing is not a simple process and can be confusing. Greenberg & Lieberman can suit a contract to your needs. Greenberg & Lieberman have the experience to help you no matter the origin of dispute. Not only do they work as a well known firm in the United States, Greenberg & Lieberman’s IP attorneys service internationally as well.

Greenberg & Lieberman

Greenberg & Lieberman, LLC are Intellectual Property Lawyers for decades and are recognized across the United States and Internationally as one of the leading litigators of Intellectual Property Law. Contact us today if you have questions about your IP Rights or believe your intellectual property rights have been infringed.

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