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Copyrights

We represent clients in the enforcement and defense of copyright-infringement claims and advise clients in the registration and licensing of copyrights.

Overview

We represent clients in copyright-infringement litigation involving virtually every kind of copyrightable work. In addition to advising clients on how to register copyrights, we review, draft, and negotiate work-made-for-hire agreements, art-consignment agreements, copyright licenses, and assignments. We perform copyright clearance; provide fair-use opinions; conduct public-domain investigations and diligence; and prepare, investigate, and respond to takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable about copyright issues on social media and assist clients with social-media marketing policies and releases. Our clients come from virtually every industry—publishing (print and digital), film, performing arts, software, nonprofit, music, and internet service providers.

Named among the top firms in Texas for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2019 by Chambers and Partners

Four IP attorneys named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2019

Experience

  • Represented a software company in a copyright infringement action against a competitor using enterprise resource planning system software
  • Represented a bank-services provider in opposing a request for an injunction in a trade secret, copyright, and unfair competition injunction case
  • Represented a foreign corporation in developing a U.S. copyright and trademark protection plan for its product lines and marketing efforts
  • Defended a prominent NFL team against claims of copyright infringement for the use of photographs in game-day and season programs
  • Represented an international wireless telephone equipment manufacturer in copyright infringement litigation
  • Represented a graphic arts company in multiple copyright infringement cases
  • Represented an online retailer in a copyright infringement suit involving products sold on its website
  • Represented major software publishers and anti-piracy organizations in software piracy cases
  • Defended a national mortgage company against copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach-of-contract claims relating to software for processing mortgages
  • Defended a prominent nonprofit organization against claims of copyright infringement, trademark and trade-dress infringement, and unfair competition
  • Counseled a large specialty retailer with respect to social media influencer content creation and advertising campaigns
  • Defended a large digital publisher in a photography copyright-infringement action
  • Represented a prominent performing arts organization in DMCA takedown disputes with a music label