Copyright Law

For specific questions regarding copyright law, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.  The Bennett Law Office is located in Lewisville, Texas and works with clients not only in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but all across Texas and Tennessee.

Copyright law falls under the umbrella of intellectual property law. A copyright arises when an original work is fixed in a tangible means of expression. Literary works, paintings, songs, films, software code, websites and photographs are all examples of works protected by copyright law.

Copyright Lawyer Tamera Bennett works closely with clients to identify and protect clients’ copyrightable works. An integral party of the services we offer is negotiating licenses for third party uses of clients’ intellectual property.

Interpretation and enforcement of copyright law is a primary focus of Attorney Tamera Bennett’s practice. She is a frequent lecturer on issues such as reclaiming authors/heirs rights under provisions of the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Acts.

Examples of legal services we provide:

  • Prosecution of copyright applications
  • Domestic and foreign licensing of Works
  • Assisting clients in regaining copyrights by exercising termination provisions and the renewal term provision of The Copyright Act
  • Investigation and litigation preparation related to copyright infringement Licensing of performance, literary and visual rights
  • Copyright clearance
  • Work For Hire agreements
  • Copyright assignments
  • Copyright Portfolio Management

The U.S. Copyright Office is also a great resource for information.


3 responses to “Copyright Law

  • john sabatino

    If I file to register my works (songs) with the US Copyright office and recieve certs of registration am I protected?

  • ipandentertainmentlaw

    John,
    Great question. I cannot provide you legal advice and my response does not create an attorney client relationship. The following is from the Copyright Office website regarding the benefits of registration:

    In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of the basic facts of a particular copyright. However, registration is not a condition of copyright protection. Even though registration is not a requirement for protection, the copyright law provides several inducements or advantages to encourage copyright owners to make registration. Among these advantages are the following:
    • Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.
    • Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U. S. origin.
    • If made before or within five years of publication, registration will establish prima facie evidence in court of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.
    • If registration is made within three months after publication of the work or prior to an infringement of the work, statutory damages and attorney’s fees will be available to the copyright owner in court actions. Otherwise, only an award of actual damages and profits is available to the copyright owner.
    • Registration allows the owner of the copyright to record the registration with the U. S. Customs Service for protection against the importation of infringing copies. For additional information, go to the U. S. Customs and
    Border Protection website at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import. Click on “Intellectual Property Rights.”

  • Tim Haslett

    My band are releasing an album on iTunes and we have a cover of Bob Marley’s song I Shot The Sheriff on it. I been looking all day for his publisher, rights organization, mechanical organization, etc. and i still can not get anywhere. We are afraid of getting sued and we want to give Bob Marley the credit he deserves. Can you please help me?

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