Copyrights

Benesch’s copyright lawyers are experienced in all facets of protecting artistic and creative works of authorship under domestic and international copyright laws. Our copyright lawyers assist clients in maintaining control over products of their creativity, as well as protecting the profits resulting from those works. Our copyright litigators are experienced in representing clients in disputes concerning copyrighted works. In addition to our ability to represent clients in litigation, we are also skilled in helping clients resolve disputes in favor of business solutions.

Services include:

  • Counseling clients on protection of copyrightable subject matter, including software, musical compositions and sound recordings, and literary works
  • Filing of applications for copyright registration
  • Drafting and negotiating software license agreements
  • Representing clients in litigation involving copyrighted works
  • Procuring and negotiating recording and music-related agreements

Recent representative engagements include:

  • Successfully defended a client in copyright infringement suit brought by the world’s largest computer software company, including defending against a preliminary injunction
  • Represented a major record label in successfully defending a musical composition copyright infringement lawsuit
  • Represented a ring tone provider in connection with clearing copyrights for use in cellular telephone ring tones
  • Successfully a represented plaintiff record company/music publisher in a copyright infringement action against global television and film company concerning use of sound recording and musical composition in feature film and DVD without permission
  • Represented a technology company in procuring and negotiating content agreements with various record companies for the resale of albums to public libraries for rental to patrons
  • Successfully represented a music publishing company in a copyright infringement action involving unlawful use of musical composition as ring-tone