Attorneys for Artists, Musicians, and Writers Seeking to Protect Their Work
Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani is a firm of Los Angeles attorneys who work to protect the intellectual property rights of Californians. One such right is an individual’s right to their copyrighted materials. Copyrighted materials include any “work,” whether it is in the form or print, performance, music, or art. These rights attach at the moment an individual materializes or affixes their product, although enforcement of a copyright is not always quite as simple. At our firm, our experienced Los Angeles copyright lawyers can help you defend your right to use, perform, display, and sell your own work, free from the infringement of third parties.
How Does Copyright Attach and How Do I Defend my Copyright?
Copyright, unlike other types of intellectual property such as trademark and patents, attaches the moment it is materialized, drawn, written, or performed. Many individuals are under the false impression that a copyright is only enforceable if the copyright owner denotes their ownership by using the copyright symbol “(c)” or by noting “Copyright John Smith 2014.” This is not the case. Notice is not a requirement for copyright to attach, however, it doesn’t hurt either to remind third parties that you have intellectual property rights in your work. When you are looking to defend your copyright against infringers, there are several different ways that you can do so, depending on your specific situation. Sometimes notice of the infringement is sufficient to stop the infringing party, but in other situations, the copyright holder has to involve the courts to get an order to stop the infringement.
Types of Copyright Disputes
There are many different types of infringement disputes. At Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani, it is always our hope that a copyright infringement can be stopped (or even prevented) in the simplest way possible: sending a cease and desist letter to the infringing party. However, in many copyright disputes, the issues are simply not that black and white. Remember there are some situations where copyrighted material can be legally used by a third party: fair use, (educational, research, etc.) and also derivative works, adaptations and parodies. When this happens the line becomes blurred between what is a legal use of your work and what is not. In these situations, you need an attorney to be able to help you determine whether your rights have been violated.
A copyright is a legal tool that gives the creator of a creative work (literal, artistic, musical, etc.) the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright protection extends to a wide array of work which includes, but is not limited to, books, stories, poems, song lyrics, computer programs, music compositions, architectural works, motion pictures and audiovisual works. Copyright owners control the reproduction of their work, receive payment for reproduction, and can sell reproduction rights to others. Violation of a copyright by another person or entity is infringement and is the subject of complex intellectual property litigation.
Call Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani Today to Protect Your Copyrighted Material
At Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani, we work diligently to make sure that an individual’s intellectual property rights are protected at all times. Whether you are merely being proactive and seeking to shore up your rights in copyrighted material, or you are engaged in a legal battle over a copyright, our Los Angeles Copyright lawyers can help you during any step of the process. Remember that your rights to your work are enforceable in a court of law, and you have a right to speak out against copyright infringement. If you believe that your rights are being infringed by an individual or company, call our offices today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys about California copyright law.