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Copyright Registration

A formal copyright registration enhances protection of original works of authorships and provides significant benefits to the works' authors. Allow an experienced lawyer to help you register your copyright so that your rights are duly protected.

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Why Register a Copyright

Title 17 of The United States Code provides protection to the authors of “original works of authorship,” such as literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial and certain other categories of works. Although the author of an original work of authorship is entitled to automatic copyright protection within the United States, a formal copyright registration offers significant advantages.

In the U.S. Copyright Office’s own words, among the advantages of registration are the following:

Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.
If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies.

The U.S. copyright registration process is deceptively simple. An experienced attorney will guide you through the process and will help ensure that your rights are duly protected. If you need our law firm’s assistance with registering your copyright, contact us.

Other Copyright Services

Copyright Protection on the Internet

The Internet represents unique challenges and threats for copyright owners. With a single mouse click, digital content can be copied and distributed worldwide, which means copyright infringement can be committed on a global scale at the speed of light, with little effort. A proper response to online infringement will often require an innovative legal strategy and coordination of efforts across borders. In many cases, use of legal tools will need to be supplemented with specialized computer technology and programming algorithms in order to achieve best results.

Our law firm represents a unique combination of legal expertise, international enforcement skills, computer programming knowledge and IP protection “know-how” that allow us to resolve a wide range of copyright protection issues on the Internet effectively and to pursue infringers worldwide.

Years of experience of successful online protection, combined with our use of proprietary IP enforcement software, position us at the front of digital copyright protection. Whether you need to monitor copyright infringement, track down perpetrators or remove illegal content from the web, we can be of assistance.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Once you have secured a U.S. copyright registration, its subsequent recordation with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) can be used to stop importation of products that infringe upon the registered copyright. We assist clients with the entire process of CBP enforcement, from recording copyrights with the agency to working with the CBP directly, in order to stop importation of infringing products and items.

Foreign Copyright Protection

By working with trusted foreign associates, Sivochek IP Law Center handles copyright registration and enforcement all over the world, including enforcement with border and customs protection agencies worldwide to stop importation and exportation of infringing products and items.

Full Spectrum Copyright Protection

Our copyright practice covers the entire spectrum of works of authorship. Computer software, photos, logos, motion pictures, technical and fabric designs, audio recordings, books, product packaging, and other types of works of authorship are all within our area of practice.

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