Creator’s & Artist’s Rights

It can be a real David and Goliath struggle to protect the ideas, works of art or music, or programming code you create.

We understand how valuable the products of your talent and hard work are. Our attorneys will help you level the playing field – whether you’re looking to monetize your creation, sell or license it, or protect it from the people who may duplicate, manipulate or co-opt your work. Laws in this area are being expanded and tested in real-world cases constantly, and we help ensure that your intellectual property is protected. Please call us at (301) 251-1180 or submit an online inquiry.

Can I protect the integrity of an image or an illustration that I created?

Yes, you certainly can. We can advise you on how to protect your ownership rights against others who may change what you’ve created, or use what you have created without your permission. We can also help protect you in case your work has been destroyed, so you can maintain the integrity and value.

I received a letter demanding that I must destroy my work because I infringed on someone’s rights. What do I do?

Don’t panic! It is never fun to receive these letters but it does not mean that you have done anything wrong or have liability. However, it is important to seek advice immediately. With our help, we will analyze the facts and provide strategies to navigate the situation.

A large publisher wants to distribute software that I developed. What should I do?

First, don’t sign anything! As you know, there are many, many steps to sharing your software with a publisher. Talk to us right away. We’ll help you prepare and negotiate the documents you may need: licensing and assignment agreements for copyright and trademark assets; technology transfer agreements (including sale and transfer of domain names and trademarks); software licenses; software development agreements; source code escrow agreements; click/shrink wrap licenses; OEM agreements; website development and hosting agreements; software as a service (SaaS) agreements, platform as a service (PaaS) and other intellectual property/technology licenses.

In my free time, I wrote a cookbook with all my family recipes and my photographs. I want to get it published but the publishing contracts require that I assign my copyright. What can I do?

Our attorneys are here to help balance the inequities that are found in certain industries.  They will advise on the risks in enter into a contract, negotiate alternatives, and strive to protect your creative works.  Please reach out to schedule a consultation today.