Copyright Infringement Services for Businessowners
Whether your copyright is registered or not, infringement is still possible. In fact, copyright infringement is more common than many people realize. If you believe that someone else is using your work product in some way without your permission, a copyright infringement lawyer from ESQgo®, PC, can help you enforce your rights.
Copyright Infringement Explained
Your copyright gives you the exclusive right to use your work in whatever manner you deem appropriate. Copyright infringement occurs whenever someone else distributes, reproduces, displays, performs, or otherwise uses your work without permission or compensation, which includes the following actions:
- Someone else uses your product photographs
- Someone else uses your work to create a derivative work
- Your music is played publicly
- Your photographs are displayed publicly
- Copies of your work are sold or distributed to the public
- Someone makes unauthorized copies of your work
As the copyright holder, you have the right to take legal action against anyone who infringes on your copyright, including demanding that they stop infringing upon your copyright and possibly seeking monetary compensation. A copyright infringement lawyer can help you take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Our Copyright Lawyer Answers Top FAQs
Someone is using my work without permission, but I never registered my copyright. Do I have a case?
Your copyright exists from the moment your work was created. While your case would be stronger had you filed for copyright protection, you still have rights that can be enforced. If you believe that someone is using your work in some way without your permission, you should speak with a copyright infringement lawyer as soon as possible.
The person infringing on my copyright is claiming that it is “fair use.” What does that mean?
Fair use is an exception to copyright protection that allows the public to use a copyrighted work without prior permission for very limited purposes. For example, a teacher may use a quote from a book as part of a lesson. There are other factors that will determine whether or not their use will qualify as fair use, and you should be aware that it is a fairly complicated legal doctrine. If someone is telling you that their use of your work falls under the fair use exception, you should talk to a copyright infringement lawyer right away.
What if my copyright is being infringed in another country?
International copyright enforcement is undoubtedly complex. In short, this is one of the reasons why you should consider seeking formal copyright registration. Many countries will enforce our copyright laws on their soil, but not if your copyright is unregistered. Whether your copyright is registered or not, a copyright infringement lawyer will know what steps to take to protect your rights.
Work with ESQgo®, PC to Protect Your Copyright
Pursuing an infringement claim can require a tremendous investment of time and money. We work with our clients to help them understand their options so that they can make informed strategic decisions. From there, we provide aggressive legal representation focused on protecting your rights. To discuss your claim and how we can help, contact ESQgo®, PC, to schedule a consultation.