Find Lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland for Copyright Law
Mr. Craig is a practicing patent attorney who represents scientists, engineers and technology-oriented companies. He helps clients protect, defend and commercialize their intellectual property. Formerly an electronic design and software engineer, Mr. Craig has more than 20 years of experience in patent procurement, licensing and transactions as well as in trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret issues. He also represents clients in all phases of patent litigation, including distric...
Frank Jones chairs the firm's Business Department, which includes the corporate, technology, IP, securities, tax, employee benefits, employment and other non-litigation practices. In over 25 years of practice, he has earned the reputation of being a true business advisor, with both the substantive depth and practical experience needed to respond effectively to the business issues faced by both emerging and established businesses. His practice covers all aspects of business planning and advice...
John E. McCann, Jr. is a principal in the firm's Commercial and Business Litigation practice group. He has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation and counsels clients across a broad spectrum of issues including: antitrust litigation, software licensing disputes, patent and trademark litigation, commercial real estate disputes, dealer termination litigation and other forms of general contract and business tort disputes. Although his practice extends to a variety of commercial ...
Mr. Moulsdale co-chairs the Cyber Security, Information Management & Privacy practice at Whiteford Taylor & Preston. His practice focuses on licensing, IP, data security, privacy and other e-commerce and technology-related legal issues that organizations face, both in the U.S. and internationally. He regularly counsels a wide range of organizations – including financial institutions, software vendors, and trade associations – in connection with their most significant data ...
Mr. Stone serves as Co-Chair of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston's Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group, and has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, software, electrical, chemical, biomedical, and business method arts; the preparation and prosecution of Patent Cooperation Treaty (" PCT ") applications and foreign applications; and the performance of patentability analyses and preparation of patentability opinions. He ...
Represented telecommunications sales management software developer in licensing, copyright and trade secret dispute before three member AAA panel Represented international flooring manufacturer in patent infringement suit before International Trade Commission Represented mobile office and storage leasing company in patent infringement matter Represented publicly traded company in federal trademark disputes Represented City of Baltimore in negotiations with telecommunications carriers for inst...
Joseph P. Ward represents businesses and equity investors in a variety of corporate and securities matters. His corporate practice includes domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, leveraged buy-outs, spin-offs, joint ventures, and the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements. Joe also represents both companies and investors in connection with private capital markets transactions, such as venture capital and other private debt and equity investments, priva...
Copyright Law Definition
Copyright applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. An original work of authorship is one that is independently created and includes a minimum level of creativity. Examples of the types of works to which copyrights apply include literary works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, movies, music, video games, and other works of art. Copyright protection also applies to computer software.
Copyright protection does not protect ideas, but protects the expression of an idea. A work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office to be afforded copyright protection. However, it must be registered with the Copyright Office to bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In addition, significant benefits arise from the timely registration of copyrights.
The author of a work is vested with a number of exclusive rights when copyright protection arises. These exclusive rights include, among other things, the right to reproduce (copy), adapt, display, and publicly perform the work. The author may transfer all or some of his or her exclusive rights in the work to another party. For example, the author of a novel may transfer the right to adapt a novel into a screenplay to a movie studio, while still retaining the copyright in the novel itself. Another significant component of copyright law is the area of fair use, which allows use of a copyrighted work without permission in certain limited circumstances (e.g., for the purpose of commenting on or criticizing the work).
Copyright lawyers assist clients with identifying materials that are protectable by copyright, registering copyrightable works with the United States Copyright Office, and counseling clients in the various ways in which copyrights may be acquired, protected, and exploited. Litigation also is a large part of a copyright lawyer’s practice.
Copyright law also addresses issues involving digital rights management, which are measures designed to manage digital copies of works. With the advent of digital copies, some copyright owners seek to restrict the ability to make copies of a particular work. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is part of U.S. copyright law, prohibits circumventing measures that are designed to prevent copying of copyrighted works. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act also, among other things, provides a framework for online service providers for avoiding copyright infringement based on the acts of the online service provider’s users.
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