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Our attorneys are national leaders in copyright and DMCA cases and clients such as publishers, content creators, and innovators regularly rely upon the skill of Cole Schotz attorneys to handle the largest, most-contested copyright and DMCA cases.

We have secured historic results for copyright and DMCA clients in our nationwide practice. Recently, our team secured one of the largest copyright and DMCA verdicts in the nation on behalf of an educational publisher. This verdict was one of the largest in intellectual property that year and one of the overall largest in copyright/DMCA in recent years. It was also one of the largest verdicts in Texas regardless of practice area.

 

The year is 1998 and then President Bill Clinton has just signed the DMCA into law

As if navigating copyright law wasn’t already nuanced enough, the DMCA further complicated litigation in this area. Enacted in 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was implemented to further protect creative works. And despite being unanimously passed years before Facebook, the DMCA had the foresight to address issues connected to copyright infringement on the Internet. Understanding the protections and limitations created by DMCA is pertinent now more than ever as more and more business, and business networking, is conducted virtually.

 

How does this affect you today?

The DMCA, through section 1202, seeks to protect content owners from infringers that remove, alter, or provide false Copyright Management Information (“CMI”) and prevents infringers from distributing works that have had CMI removed or altered. The statutory penalties for such acts are severe and our team regularly is called upon for the most sophisticated and largest DMCA cases. For companies accused of violating copyright owners’ rights, we also advise about the DMCA safe harbors and Communications Decency Act (CDA) Section 230.

 

We could be humble or we can get straight to the point

Having handled multiple DMCA cases and securing one of the largest copyright and DMCA verdicts in the nation, our attorneys are leaders in copyright and DMCA cases. Because of this, clients such as publishers, content creators and innovators from across industries turn to our team to handle their largest, most-contested copyright and DMCA matters.

Representative Matters

Our Portfolio:
  • Secured one of the largest copyright and DMCA verdicts in the nation on behalf of an educational publisher. This verdict was also one of the largest verdicts in Texas regardless of practice area.
  • Represented a publisher in a DMCA action in California related to altering and removal of CMI then distribution of the same. The firm secured a favorable settlement for its client.
  • Currently involved in a DMCA case in the Eastern District of Texas related to the sports card industry.
  • Represented owner of online forums and similar websites in connection with take-down notices and defense of DMCA and copyright litigation.
  • Represented company to a successful federal jury verdict securing company’s ownership in copyright rights.

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