Copyright Attorney Licensed in Florida, Texas and Alabama
As a creative artist, the work of art or authorship you create is your most valuable tangible asset. Protecting that work through copyright is essential to your ability to profit from your creativity. J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A. will help you understand the ins and outs of federal copyright law and take the necessary steps to protect your work from infringement while developing a strategy to make the most commercial use of your art, consistent with your business needs and goals. Learn more about our services below, and contact our offices in Gulf Breeze, Florida and Mobile, Alabama to schedule a confidential conference on your copyright issues with a Florida board-certified intellectual property specialist.
Copyright counseling and registration
The copyright to a creative work is created the moment the work is fixed in a tangible medium, such as being written down, filmed, painted or recorded. So why register? By establishing an official date for the copyright, registration is a critical step in protecting the work against infringement by others. Nevin will step you though the entire copyright registration process including conducting due diligence, searching the chain of title, and obtaining any necessary clearances. We can also help by comparing works against the substantial similarity test and analyzing whether another’s use of your work falls within the limits of fair use.
Representation in copyright related transactions
Assignment and licensing of a copyright can be lucrative ways to utilize your copyright. A licensee enjoys limited use of a copyright free from claims of infringement, subject to the terms of the licensing agreement. We can negotiate those terms on your behalf and draft or review the subsequent agreement, with a careful eye toward vital terms such as duration, territory and renewal.
Copyright related mediation and litigation Advice
While Nevin no longer litigates, from pre-suit litigation strategy to mediation and litigation support, J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A. is an essential part of your legal team in copyright litigation. Whether protecting yourself from infringement or defending against claims that you are the infringer, knowledgeable advice and effective representation are essential to protecting your rights. As a Florida board-certified intellectual property specialist, Nevin can help you understand and strategize around important legal concepts such as literal and non-literal co
A registered copyright enhances the value of a work and provides recourse in copyright infringement actions include temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions to prevent infringement, as well as money damages after infringement has occurred. Money damages can include both actual damages and disgorgement of infringer profits. As an alternative to actual damages, statutory damages may be available from $200 for innocent infringement and up to $150,000 in the case of willful infringement. Let expert copyright attorney Nevin Shaffer give you the advice and assistance you need to prevent or stop infringement of your valuable copyright and recover compensation for damage done.