Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Trademark Lawyers in Sarasota
Every musician, singer, songwriter, author, director, and artist spends years producing, writing, painting or creating something meaningful and unique. An Intellectual Property attorney will make sure your creative works are protected by the law.
What Is Copyright And Trademark Law?
Copyrights and Trademarks protect your work and how it can be used. Federally registering a copyright or trademark gives an artist the legal foundation to file a lawsuit when someone else uses your work without your permission or without compensating you. Many people confuse copyrights and trademarks because some of the ideas are the same, however, there are BIG differences.
- Copyright – A copyright is legal tool that gives an author/creator of an original work rights to control the way their work is used for a certain period of time. An original work in this situation could include anything from literary works, to dramatic or musical works. A copyright allows the artist to profit by licensing their works for a fee. The copyright also gives an artist the foundation to take legal action if their work is used without permission and/or compensation.
- Trademark – Trademarks are a little different from copyrights but serve a similar purpose. A Trademark applies to a word, phrase, symbol or design that is identified with a specific product or service. By establishing a trademark, you can protect your brand name or logo from infringement and bring legal action if your brand or image is used without your permission.
- Licensing– Licensing is a partnership between an intellectual property owner and the licencee. It usually gives the licensee the right to use the intellectual property for a period of time in return for a payment or fee.
What should I do if someone violates my Copyright or Trademark?
By registering your copyright or trademark, you’ve already set the foundation to protect your work. When someone uses your work without permission, you can now take legal action to stop them. In these cases, legal action can range from a cease and desist letter to a lawsuit seeking damages for the unlawful use and profiting from your protected property.
How Do I Copyright or Trademark my Works?
Alisha Buckman, Attorney
Intellectual Property attorney, Alisha Buckman focuses her law practice on Copyright and Trademark Law for creative artists. Whether you are trying to register a copyright/trademark to protect your work, or trying to stop someone from infringing on a copyright/trademark you already have registered, Alisha Buckman can help.