As one of the most versatile forms of intellectual property protection—covering works from literary creations to computer programs to product labels—copyright is often misunderstood and misapplied, creating problems for both the owner of the copyright and the party who may have infringed on it.

Seyfarth Shaw's copyright attorneys help businesses understand the complex rules governing copyright protection, helping them make informed decisions regarding its uses, applications and the best means to defend it. Our attorneys have extensive experience in protecting and enforcing copyrights covering a wide variety of subject matters, including digital and multimedia rights.

Transactions and Counseling

Our attorneys help clients identify intellectual property assets best suited for copyright protection, and work to secure and manage copyrighted material. Among other services, we:

  • Provide counsel on the acquisition and protection of copyrighted works
  • Negotiate and draft agreements covering the development, transfer and licensing of copyrighted works
  • Prepare and prosecute applications for copyright registration
  • Provide counsel on enforcement of copyrights
  • Advise on the development, licensing and protection of computer software
  • Record copyrights with the U.S. Customs Service
  • Provide counsel on multimedia licensing issues, including content and music
  • Investigate copyright ownership issues
  • Conduct due diligence in corporate acquisitions involving copyright
  • Counsel on issues related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • Conduct copyright training programs


Seyfarth helps clients resolve all forms of copyright disputes. For example, we:

  • Prosecute and defend copyright infringement actions
  • Prosecute and defend actions involving temporary restraining orders and impoundment orders
  • Coordinate criminal proceedings for copyright infringement