Once a creator puts a concept into a tangible form, that work automatically is eligible for federal copyright protection. The creator enjoys the exclusive right to print, sell, copy, license, distribute, and use the work. Unfortunately, infringement of copyright happens all the time, and creators can easily be victimized unless they take affirmative steps to protect their works. The Marovich Law Firm, P.L.C. helps protect artists’ work through copyright registration. The firm defends creators’ copyrights against infringement, and help creators monetize their work through licensing agreements.
Essentially any type of art produced in a tangible form can be copyrighted. Mr. Marovich handles copyright issues for artists’ creations in all types of media, including:
Copyright attaches automatically at the moment of creation, so a creator immediately can have enforceable rights.
In most cases, a creator is not fully protected unless the work has been registered formally with the U.S. Copyright Office. Registration allows the creator to sue for statutory damages that generally fall between $750 and $30,000 per work, at the discretion of the court. In cases of willful infringement a plaintiff may be entitled to as much as $150,000 per work.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) provides additional protections for infringement on the internet and empowers creators to demand that internet service providers remove access to infringing material. With the creation of new virtual worlds on the Internet, new virtual legal issues are arising. Mr. Marovich can assist you to have optimal protection.
When a creator wants to license a work for use, our firm negotiates licensing agreements that protect the creator’s rights and enable a reasonable return. If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your copyright, the firm can pursue all available legal remedies. The firm will first demand that the infringer stop all unauthorized actions. Most often the most beneficial resolution is for the creator and the infringer to enter into a licensing agreement. This allows the creator to monetize the work and the infringer to escape onerous penalties.