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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.

Full-service protection across a wide range of industries

Finnegan has been a leader in copyright protection and counseling for more than 50 years. Among other distinctions, Managing Intellectual Property has consistently recognized Finnegan for copyright work in the United States since 2008. 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 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute (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
  • Sculptures 
  • Fabric designs
  • Examinations and tests
  • Mask works (semiconductor chips)