Higbee & Associates provides a wide range of copyright related services designed to help creative professionals maximize their potential and protect their livelihood. We can help with everything from registration, to licensing, to enforcement— including pre-litigation negotiation and, when need be, litigation.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at (714)617-8911 to discuss any of your copyright related questions or needs. We would be glad to show you why we are one of the fastest growing law firms in the country and why so many creative professionals trust us with their work.
What is Copyright and what can be protected?
Copyright is a legal form of exclusive protection for authors of published and unpublished tangible expressions of work. Examples of protected works may include those that are literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, audio visuals, motion pictures, sound recordings, and architectural. Copyright protection is applicable to original work and compilations and derivative works to the extent that protection is available on the material contributed by the author, and not the preexisting material of the work.
What types of work will not be protected?
Works that will not be protected include those that are intangible, such as ideas, procedures, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, discovery, regardless of whether any of the above is expressed through tangible means. Additionally, any work by the United States Government is not protected under copyrights law, except for the copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.
What is Copyright Infringement?
Copyright infringement is the unlawful use of an authored work without the owner’s permission in a form of a license through various forms of distribution or publication.
How long will a copyright protection last?
In general, copyright protection exists throughout the lifetime of the author, plus 70 years after the author’s death.
Have you been contacted about settling a copyright infringement?
If so, you can find our copyright infringements page here.