Once a creator puts a concept into a tangible form, that work automatically gains 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. Kenneth Reich Law, LLC helps protect artists’ work through copyright registration. We defend 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. We handle copyright issues for artists’ creations in all types of media, including:
Copyright attaches automatically at the moment of creation, so a creator immediately has enforceable rights. Unfortunately, those rights are only enforceable through the common law, which requires the creator to prove actual damages. Because it is very hard to prove how the reproduction of a photograph (or other artistic work) actually harmed the artist, suits for common law infringement are rarely effective, unless the infringer has made a substantial amount of money from his illicit use of the work. 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 which 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 (DMCA) provides additional protections for infringements on the internet and empowers creators to demand that internet service providers remove access to infringing materials. With the creation of new virtual worlds on the Internet, new virtual legal issues are arising. Our firm keeps current with emerging law.
If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your copyright, we pursue all available legal remedies to stop the infringement and when possible recover money damages. Your creation is valuable and we will work tirelessly to protect it.
Call Kenneth Reich Law, LLC at 781-281-9931 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Boston, Massachusetts office.