Copyright is a powerful tool to protect your creative work, from texts, music, graphics, photographs, and computer software to websites. Copyright allows for such protection in a cost effective manner.
Significantly, all individuals and companies generate copyrightable material when they create original works of authorship. An understanding of how to protect such copyrightable material is therefore valuable.
Further, in a global, digitally-connected world, it can at times be a challenge determining the balance between protectable expression and the right to copy. Knowing how your rights are affected by copyright is an important part of navigating these legal issues.
Volpe Koenig’s attorneys have extensive experience working with all types of copyright matters across all industries for businesses of every size and type. We can recommend and assist in implementing programs to register and/or license the copyrights. We work to prevent the unlawful exploitation of clients’ original works. We can also assist in ensuring appropriate agreements are in place as new copyrightable works are developed so that no surprises arise.
When a client needs to use copyrighted material, Volpe Koenig also provides counsel to determine what permissions are required. If necessary, we work with clients to obtain or provide appropriate transfers of rights or required licenses.
Our attorneys are thoroughly familiar with the full spectrum of copyright law, with a focus on the following services:
- Copyright Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Open source software review and tracking
- Advice regarding protection of images and content on websites and in social media
- Chain of title searches
- Copyright assignments and recordation of documents at the U.S. Copyright Office
- Negotiating assignment and license agreements
- Database protection
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice and Takedown and Safe Harbor provisions
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We help clients protect their innovations and grow their brands utilizing a combination of patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks.
Volpe Koenig’s cannabis team works with distributors, retailers, suppliers, and investors to secure and protect their innovations and brands.
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IP Goes POP! takes you out to the ball game (and the blockchain) for this episode of the podcast that looks at the shift from “collectible trading cards” to “collectable NFTs”. Podcast co-hosts, Volpe Koenig Shareholders, and intellectual property lawyers, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue round the bases and pull out their most memorable sports cards as they slide home to talk about the intellectual property (IP) of baseball cards, collecting, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The days of digging through the attic in search of that hidden box of your grandpa's old sports cards may be dwindling, but they are not gone. In some cases, these antique cards remain valuable assets for their owners, who can be thought of as holders of fine art. Some lock their cards away in vaults for safety or display them on their walls, behind glass cases, taken out only under the protection of silk gloves. But, how does the price of a 1959 Mickey Mantle or mint condition Honus Wagner baseball card (approximately 60 in remaining in existence) compare to a modern-day digital version of a trading card, such as the NBA Top Shot NFTs, with clips anyone can view online? Is the future of baseball cards still something you can touch with your hands or will it reside digitally on your phone? Our panel discusses the basics of what an NFT is and how this blockchain technology is shaping the future of the analog trading card business.
What do Bambi, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh all have in common? Besides remaining lovable pop-culture icons, these cartoon characters are all part of copyrighted works entering the public domain. In our first episode of season three, IP Goes Pop! co-hosts and Volpe Koenig Shareholders, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, are back for a journey into the public domain. With the help of their fellow Shareholder John O’Malley, they walk through the history of copyright term (how long copyrights last), how and when copyrighted works enter the public domain, and the way this area of law continues to evolve as famous and high-value works enter the public domain.
This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Robert Leonard joins host Michael Snyder to talk about artists' rights, and attempts by musicians to regain rights to their original recordings.
From Taylor Swift to Prince, IP Goes Pop! looks at what’s at stake when giving up rights to master recordings. In this episode, Michael and Rob explore how musicians try to “take back the music” and discuss how different artists navigated disputes over their intellectual property, and how the internet coupled with the likes of TikTok may be turning the industry on its flip-side.