Intellectual Property Lawyers in North Central Florida
Our Copyright Attorneys Can Protect You Ideas
The lawyers of Massey & Duffy can protect you from a wrongdoer stealing your ideas. Each partner is an experienced intellectual property lawyer, capable of representing your interests in all manners of intellectual property law, including matters related to copyrights, trademarks and patents.
If you believe someone (or a corporation) has unjustly appropriated your idea for his or her own purposes and profit, then you may need an attorney who has experience in intellectual property law. Our Florida lawyers can help. Your first consultation is free; your lawyer will examine both sides of the dispute and advise you on the best course of action.
About Copyrights in General
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform the work, and/or display the work.
The Importance of Registration
The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U.S. law; however, it is often beneficial because the remedies for infringement (such as the right to attorneys’ fees) may be impacted. Use of the notice may be important because it informs the public that the work is protected by copyright, identifies the copyright owner, and shows the year of first publication.
Furthermore, in the event that a work is infringed, if a proper notice of copyright appears on the published copy or copies to which a defendant in a copyright infringement suit had access, then no weight shall be given to such a defendant’s interposition of a defense based on innocent infringement in mitigation of actual or statutory damages. Innocent infringement occurs when the infringer did not realize that the work was protected.
Our Florida Lawyers Can Assist with the Complexities of Copyright Law
The copyright laws are published online, and they are quite complex. Our Florida copyright lawyers not only provide experienced legal guidance, but they also litigate copyright infringement issues for artists and creators of copyright material. In fact, we can often take copyright infringement cases on a contingency fee assuming our clients have a properly registered copyright that has been infringed.
If you would like to discuss your copyright issue, please contact our copyright lawyers at Massey & Duffy, PLLC, for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best course of action for your legal issues.