Copyright protection in a digital world
The Internet and today’s digital technology have singularly changed the ability to disseminate and share information around the globe. Traditional copyright principles have come under attack, drastically affecting copyright owners and those who wish to make full use of digital media. To maintain a competitive advantage, companies and organizations need clear guidance and creative solutions to protect their copyrighted works. Companies that rely on third-party content need guidance regarding their responsibilities to copyright owners.
Leaders in copyright protection
Finnegan has been a leader in copyright protection and counseling for more than 45 years. Among other distinctions, Managing Intellectual Property has consistently recognized Finnegan as a #1 or #2 tier U.S. law firm for copyright work since 2008.
Finnegan has played an active role in shaping U.S. copyright law by serving in numerous influential organizations. One of our copyright attorneys served as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization on copyright and computer matters, and as the executive director of the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), the group responsible for recommending changes in copyright law to ensure protection of computer programs. Our lawyers also advised members of the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council regarding the implementation of the Berne Convention, and in efforts leading to the enactment of the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 and the Digital Performance Rights Act of 1996.
Full-service protection across a wide range of industries
We counsel associations, publishers, multibillion dollar entertainment companies, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, standard-setting entities, major retailers, and other business entities on protecting their copyrights and fair use of third-party copyrighted works. We register copyrights, expedite applications, record documents, and perform title searches. We render opinions on copyrightability, fair use, infringement, ownership and title, notice, security interests, and foreign protection. We also draft and negotiate agreements involving copyrighted works, including joint-development agreements, licenses, assignments, rights clearance, and distribution agreements. We also know social media and guide our clients through constantly-changing best practices. Finnegan helps standard-setting organizations navigate the ISO and ANSI processes to ensure that our clients’ interests are respected and their copyrights are protected.
Realizing the full potential of your copyrighted works
Depending on your business, a copyright audit may reveal opportunities for registration, enforcement, and licensing that can generate revenue streams and open new markets. These contracts may be simple licenses or complex strategic alliances. Finnegan is a pioneer in licensing and in the development of IP transactions. Our lawyers played an instrumental role in the establishment and ongoing leadership of the Licensing Executives Society.
Litigation experience makes a world of difference
Copyright litigation can be highly complex, and when there is no other means of settling a dispute, Finnegan provides a formidable force. Whether the issue is enforcing your copyrights or protecting you from infringement claims, our team draws on decades of litigation experience in courts throughout the country. We represent many clients before the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Customs Service, and our lawyers frequently serve as expert witnesses.
Our copyright practice covers the spectrum
- Logos and product packaging
- Software and databases
- Audio recordings and music
- Film, video productions, and motion pictures
- Technical and architectural designs
- Books, magazines, and other publications
- Fabric designs
- Examinations and tests
- Mask works (semiconductor chips)