Sometimes, a question comes up as to whether a copyright is valid, relevant or otherwise enforceable. Whether you’re the person or business holding the disputed copyright or your are disputing whether someone else’s copyright is valid, Triangle Trademarks can help.
There are generally two types of copyright disputes that can occur and that we can help with:
First, you might be dealing with an infringement of your copyright. It could be blatant, such as if someone were to copy your design and sell it as their original idea. It could also be more subtle, such as if someone were to use parts of your original work interspersed with their own work. In both cases, Triangle Trademarks can help you determine whether a copyright infringement has likely occurred, as well as help you resolve the situation.
The other type of dispute is when you are on the other side of the equation; you might be accused of infringing on someone else’s copyright. It’s possible that you used work that you thought would fall under fair use laws (when a person or entity uses a portion of work without explicit permission because they want to praise, criticize or otherwise comment on it) or that your work closely resembles someone else’s, through no fault of your own. In this case, the other party is usually the one to open up the dispute.
With all of the nuances of the law, the average individual or small business owner could benefit from legal representation, no matter what side of the dispute they are on. In most cases, it’s beneficial to settle this type of dispute out of court, but occasionally these cases do make it into the courtroom. You should have someone with the knowledge necessary to represent your best interests.
If you have found yourself in this position, please call Triangle Trademarks. We have the expertise and the experience to protect your interests in any copyright license dispute.