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Copyright law concerns the rights of creators of original works of authorship or expression. The federal Copyright Act protects works in the publishing, entertainment and fine arts industries. Copyright attorneys have traditionally counseled authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and others in the media and entertainment fields regarding the rights to their works. Today copyright attorneys also work on issues related to digital media, such as the online distribution of music and new media like blogs and video clips.

The federal Copyright Act also protects software code as an original work of authorship. Software license agreements are among the variety of agreements included in the term “technology transactions.” Typically, the programmers who write software code assign ownership of the copyright to their employer, and attorneys engaged in licensing transactions for software companies negotiate agreements by which one [...]

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Copyright law concerns the rights of creators of original works of authorship or expression. The federal Copyright Act protects works in the publishing, entertainment and fine arts industries. Copyright attorneys have traditionally counseled authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and others in the media and entertainment fields regarding the rights to their works. Today copyright attorneys also work on issues related to digital media, such as the online distribution of music and new media like blogs and video clips.

The federal Copyright Act also protects software code as an original work of authorship. Software license agreements are among the variety of agreements included in the term “technology transactions.” Typically, the programmers who write software code assign ownership of the copyright to their employer, and attorneys engaged in licensing transactions for software companies negotiate agreements by which one company can use the software developed and owned by another.

Significant copyright issues may arise in a variety of industries and practice areas. For example, both businesses developing software and new media companies developing content for the Internet tend to need lawyers with a transactional or counseling practice in copyright law. Strategies for IP protection vary in these sectors, and an understanding of the business context is critical for effective lawyering in either a transaction or litigation practice in copyright law.

There are of course numerous commonalities in copyright law practice. For example, copyright lawyers employ common licensing structures; and they employ common restrictions and limitations when they prepare license or assignment agreements.

 
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