One of the earliest laws for the protection of authors, enacted
by the city-state of Venice in 1545, required consent of the
author before printers "dare to print" the words
of others. Great Britain's Book Licensing Act, which expired
in 1679 and was succeeded by the Statute of Anne, formed the
basis of early U.S. law. Today, copyright law is at the forefront
of the computer and Internet age.
Works of a technical nature, such as computer software, architectural
and technical drawings and maps are protectable under U.S.
law. The ability to fix creative works in tangible forms,
previously not envisioned, poses new challenges in this millennium.
Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole is ready for the challenge.
Our services include copyright registration, negotiating and
drafting license agreements, and assisting in enforcement
activities worldwide. We can assist in the protection of computer
software and can achieve it without the disclosure of your
most sensitive trade secrets.
We believe that effective counseling is essential to maximizing
the value of copyrightable works. We have observed through
experience that businesses employing consultants and contractors
often learn the hard way that they have lost the full value
of their purchases by failing to define who owns the rights
to copyrightable works produced at their expense and for their
benefit. By failing to define what they own up-front, it is
often found that the consultant or contractor, through copyright
ownership, is free to sell the work product developed at the
purchaser's expense, to direct competitors. The experienced
copyright counsel at RMSC Law can eliminate this risk.
As a full service intellectual property firm, we can combine
our expertise in patent law with our experience in copyrights
and trade secret law to provide a comprehensive approach to
providing the maximum level of protection.