Brian Russ Law, Inc. is dedicated to advising companies and individuals obtain and monetize copyrightable works, and provide defense services for copyright infringement lawsuits. As an author, small business owner, and serial entrepreneur, attorney Brian sees the worries of business owners and individuals when they think about and try to understand copyright law. Brian works with creatives throughout California to address common issues like copyright registration, fair use analysis, licensing decisions, and more. If you are considering legal advice in La Crescenta for copyright issues, then you’ve come to the right place.
La Crescenta’s Copyright Attorney
for Businesses and Individuals
What Is Copyright Infringement?
Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright owner. If the work is reproduced, distributed, adapted, or publicly displayed without permission, then copyright infringement has occurred. To ensure creators and authors have control over how their work is used and distributed, copyright law exists.
Copyright infringement can take many forms, including copying and distributing music, videos, or other media without permission, using someone else's work as your own, or reproducing and selling copies of a copyrighted work without permission. Copyright infringement is usually a civil offense, and the owner can seek damages for the infringement. Innocent copyright infringement is still infringement. The infringer's state of mind generally does not come into play for basic questions of whether the work was infringed.
Using others' work must be done with permission and with respect for their copyright. Fair use for purposes of criticism, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research is an exception to copyright law. There are, however, a few exceptions to fair use, and you should not rely on them unless you know for sure that your use is permitted.
What Are Your First Three Steps When Sued for Copyright Infringement?
If you are sued for copyright infringement, it is important to take the matter seriously and take steps to protect your interests. You should take the following three steps first:
First, consult a lawyer. As soon as possible after being sued for copyright infringement, it is important to seek legal advice. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and advise you on the best course of action.
Second, read the legal complaint you received. Understand the specific allegations of copyright infringement in the complaint filed against you. In this way, you can identify any defenses that may be available to you and plan your response accordingly.
Third, stop your infringing activity if you are engaged in infringement. If you continue to infringe, you may be exposed to additional liability. If you continue to infringe despite receiving notice, you may look like a bad-faith intentional actor.
Brian Russ Law, Inc. is Ready to Help La Crescenta Businesses and Individuals with Copyright Law Matters
The conclusion is straightforward – contact Brian Russ Law, Inc. today. We’re fielding calls from potential new copyright clients every day. Having an attorney on your team can help you avoid costly mistakes and give you invaluable peace of mind.