Copyright

Our copyright lawyers are experienced in copyright enforcement, licensing, and maintenance in the publishing, communications, and software fields. They negotiate content license agreements, software license and distribution arrangements, technology licenses, research and development (R&D) and collaboration arrangements, technology transfers, in-licensing agreements, agency agreements, publishing agreements, government contracts, and confidentiality agreements, just to name a few.

We have written and spoken widely about copyright and the Internet, including Internet jurisdiction, contributory and vicarious liability issues, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, third-party content, website "look and feel" protection, and joint ownership of content. Our lawyers advise clients and speak about database protection, including new protections being considered by the United States and the European Union.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS 

  • Represented a coalition of all U.S. commercial television stations in cases involving the annual award and allocation of hundreds of millions of dollars in copyright royalties paid under cable compulsory license, achieving a five-fold increase in royalty share over the course of the proceedings.
  • Negotiated software license agreements under Open Source and Free Software Foundation principles, and advised software development companies on implementation of Open Source programs and processes.
  • Negotiated complex master services agreements, along with joint development agreements, software licenses, hosting, and other services agreements, on behalf of clients in the business-to-business (B2B), telecommunications, publishing, and technology fields.