We view your business as your work of art. We are aware of how much time, resources, and passion goes into creating a masterpiece, so we want to make sure your masterpiece is properly protected.
Your business is your masterpiece
It is easy to mistake copyright as an issue only pertinent to artists, authors, and musicians. But, copyright impacts all who create and use original work, and protects everything from purely artistic and creative works to marketing materials, logos and other designs, brochures, social media, website designs, podcasts, sound recordings, texts, databases, product design and packaging, instruction manuals, fashion designs, computer software, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), maps, and architecture.
You focus on your craft, we’ll focus on protecting your art
Oscar Wilde may have been correct that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” but when it comes to your business and livelihood, flattery is not sufficient to compensate you for the unauthorized “imitation” or theft of your creative works. The copyright laws serve to protect you from such unauthorized uses, but those laws will be of little value if you have not taken the necessary steps to reap their benefit. We understand those laws and proactively counsel clients on how to identify, protect, monetize, and cost-effectively enforce their most valuable business assets – their art – both in the United States and abroad.
Whether you are creating original works or relying on third-party creation — Our Team Can Assist
Our perspective on copyright issues blends hands-on industry experience with a wealth of collective experience in legal practice. Our team members each have their own distinct background and experience. Some have years of art and entertainment industry experience, while others entered the legal industry after having first pursued education and careers in business administration, non-profit administration, engineering, chemistry, technology and other disciplines.
We partner with you to protect your portfolio and offer counsel on:
- Registration, recordation, maintenance, and due diligence
- Drafting and negotiating development, collaboration, publishing, and work-for-hire agreements, as well as licenses and assignments of all levels of complexity
- Counseling clients on the propriety and appropriate use of third-party works
- Assisting clients on both sides of copyright disputes
- Conducting audits for clients to identify opportunities for registration and monetization
- Identifying potential licensing revenue streams
- Ascertaining potential risks to be addressed
- Assisting with formal corporate transactions
- Related litigation and bankruptcy counseling
Our knowledge is your power
Our practice also includes counseling business creatives on how to properly use third-party creative works, whether that be through formal licensing arrangements or counseling clients on whether a use truly is “fair,” one of the most commonly misunderstood doctrines in copyright. Misuse of copyrighted materials, intentional or “innocent,” can result in claims, litigation, and distraction that no company needs or wants. Education is the best defense, and we work with our clients to familiarize them with key copyright considerations when developing content that may incorporate the work of others.