Los Angeles Copyright Infringement Defense Lawyers
Intellectual property and copyright infringement are two of the most common issues faced by businesses in Los Angeles. The law on these matters is constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep up with the changes. The following information applies to California copyright law.
Intellectual property refers to any form of creative expression that has been put into tangible form. In other words, nearly anything you can hold or view is considered intellectual property if it was created by an individual or group of individuals with their own distinct style and flair. Examples of intellectual property include art, music, literature, software code, architecture, logos, and more.
Copyright infringement occurs when someone uses copyrighted material without permission from the owner (known as the "copyright holder"). If you use someone else's work without their permission but do so legally—for instance, by quoting them in an essay or referencing them in a news article—you are not committing copyright infringement. However, if you copy someone else's work (for example, copying another artist's painting or writing your own song based on someone else's lyrics), then you are infringing on their copyright rights.
The first step in registering your intellectual property is to determine what you want to register. You can register trademarks, copyrights, or patents depending on the type of intellectual property you have. If you are unsure about which category your IP falls into, consult a lawyer who specializes in the field.
A Los Angeles white collar crime attorney will be able to help you assess whether someone has infringed on your work, determine if any legal remedies are available, and guide you through the process of pursuing remedies if necessary.
Examples of copyright infringement include:
- Copying a copyrighted work, such as a book or movie.
- Using copyrighted materials without permission or credit, such as lyrics from a song or pictures from a website.
- Using copyrighted materials in a way that violates their intended use, such as using images from someone else's website for your own commercial purpose.
If you are involved in a copyright infringement dispute, it is important to seek the services of a copyright infringement attorney. When you are accused of violating someone's copyright, you can do several things to protect your interests and yourself. The first thing that you should do is contact an attorney who specializes in this area. A copyright infringement lawyer will be able to explain your legal rights to you, explain what steps you can take to resolve the dispute, and represent you in court if necessary.
Copyright infringement is a serious matter. If you or your business has been accused of copyright infringement, it's important to understand what the consequences could be. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we can help. We're experienced in handling cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, so we know how to present your case in the best possible light. Our lawyers work diligently on your behalf to make sure that you receive a fair trial and are treated fairly throughout the process.
Contact us today at (213) 688-0460 for a consultation about your case.
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- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.