Although not required, federal registration provides significant benefits, including the ability to recover statutory damages and attorneys' fees for infringement. U.S. citizens and domiciliaries are required to secure registration in order to sue for infringement. The registration process takes about 4-13 months, but can be expedited under certain circumstances at additional cost.
Copyright Searches and Document Retrieval
A variety of services are available, including script, Web site and clearance of other rights; copyright ownership, title, and character searches; author/claimant portfolio searches; assignment, registration and renewal searches; and U.S. title availability. Copies of registrations, deposit copies, assignments, liens and other recorded documents can be obtained.
Securing and Transfers of Ownership
A work created by an employee within the scope of his or her employment is a work made for hire, owned by the employer. However, the copyright rights in a work which is specially commissioned or created by an independent contractor are owned by the independent contractor. We can negotiate ownership rights, assist and advise you, and provide the proper forms to assure that you receive the rights and control best suited to your business objectives.