Copyright law, like many types of law, raises numerous issues and questions for clients. More often than not, these questions can be answered in one of two ways. First, frequently asked questions such as those available in the United States Copyright Office’s Frequently Asked Questions page, can be answered without legal research and much effort. On the other hand, practical matters usually require answering multiple legal issues that may arise which require a copyright attorney. A qualified lawyer can properly identify copyright issues, perform copyright law research, and provide advice and recommendations based upon the copyright findings.
We often advise clients that frequently asked questions provide answers but fail to recognize other issues inherent in the matter. Therefore, a true understanding of all the facts, applicable copyright law, and any other information is critical to assess one’s position. Copyright law is full of exceptions and any answer that does not include qualifying language such as “it depends” may not be complete. Therefore, a copyright law question dealing with how to copyright, when to copyright, who may file for a copyright, and whether copyright infringement exists are issues that need additional attention. Contact a copyright attorney today to discuss your copyright matters.