Securing And Protecting Your Copyright
Copyright is a form of legal protection that grants the holder certain exclusive rights for the use and distribution of an original work of authorship. These rights include control over the reproduction, performance and public display of a work as well as the right to create works derived or adapted from the original. Copyright law covers a broad range of artistic, intellectual and creative forms, from literary works and musical compositions to business publications and proprietary technology.
Although copyright is secured automatically when a work is created and fixed in a tangible form, all works of U.S. origin must be registered before an infringement suit can be filed in court. Securing and protecting copyrights is especially complex and demands the representation of an experienced lawyer.
A Comprehensive Copyright Practice
Our attorney at Beik Law Firm, PLLC, assists creators, businesses, publishers and others involved in the creative process in protecting their online content, published media and other original works. He helps our clients through the copyright process. Our firm is led by Paul S. Beik, who has a strong depth and breadth of experience working with clients in all areas of intellectual property (IP) law.
What Are The Penalties For Copyright Infringement?
Copyright infringement is a crime. A person convicted of copyright infringement can face up to five years in prison and see a maximum fine of $250,000 per offense. The actions that constitute infringement can be the use and distribution of copyrighted work without permission, such as through BitTorrent.
However, in addition to the criminal penalties, companies can also seek civil damages. These damages can potentially go from $750 to $150,000 per instance. Violation of copyright laws have such high penalties because the risks to copyright holders is so extensive.
It is easier than ever for users to find and consume television shows, movies and music online. Unfortunately, much of this consumption comes in the form of online piracy. In this environment, it is more challenging than ever for creators to protect their works. Copyright infringement can cause profound damage to businesses and individuals who create online content. If you have reason to believe that your copyright has been infringed upon, our attorney will be prepared to pursue all appropriate remedies. At our law firm, he has a full command of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other laws that protect copyright owners. He will be fully prepared to protect your rights in litigation.
Why Hire Beik Law Firm?
Attorney Beik takes on the difficulties of copyright compliance, copyright permissions, copyright warnings, authorship rights and many other aspects of federal copyright law for our innovative clients. He provides his experience with the U.S. Copyright Office to owners of copyrights so they can protect their IP.