ADD+G is ready to aid you in registering and enforcing your copyrights. Copyrights protect your creative expressions that are fixed in a tangible medium. Copyrights may be used to protect literary works (including computer programs), music, film, architecture, paintings, and sculptures, for example.
The Importance of Copyright Registration
Every piece of content you create is protected by “common law” copyright protection. However, it is often important to perfect that common law right and register the copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. Federal registration is a requirement for enforcement of copyrights in U.S. courts, and prompt registration provides for additional benefits, such as statutory damages.
Every business has creative works that provide important business advantages. Moreover, if you are in the content creation business, your copyrights are the very heart of your business. Not only do we stand ready to help protect these works, we are also here to defend your valuable copyrights when others take advantage of them or use them without your permission.
The Copyright Professionals
Our copyright professionals stand ready to assist you with the protection and registration of your valuable copyright works. First, we help you identify those items that are appropriate for federal copyright registration. Second, we prepare and submit the appropriate paperwork to register those works with the U.S. Copyright Office. Our years of experience helps us to navigate past potential problems that can occur when registering certain types of works.
Our expertise does not end there, however. We have extensive experience in litigating copyright disputes. This experience covers both sides of the courtroom, from copyright owners to those accused of violating the copyrights of others.
Even before the courtroom, one of the ways we partner with clients to help them avoid litigation is through counseling on copyright licensing issues. We help clients navigate the often confusing world of licensing the copyrights of others. Businesses intersect with copyrights frequently in the form of:
- Stock photographs
- Online outsourcing
- Computer programs
- Web/software development
- and much more
Understanding A Copyright
Copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship "fixed in a tangible medium of expression." Such "works" include literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. For businesses, copyright protects advertising and promotional materials, training and user manuals, articles, and many other types of key content.
One of the important ways we also help clients is to identify what type of intellectual property is important for their particular circumstances. Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others. Sometimes a given product or service may overlap two or all three of these areas, so schedule a consultation with us today so that we can develop a plan to provide the most comprehensive and cost-effective protection for your valuable intellectual assets.