Morrison & Foerster counsels clients on a wide variety of copyright issues for all types of copyrighted materials, including computer programs, motion pictures, visual art, sound recordings, and other literary, musical, dramatic, sculptural, pictorial, and architectural works. We assist clients with copyright registration, counseling, licensing and transfer of ownership, and disputes. We have represented clients in several landmark copyright cases over the past 20 years, including In re IBM and Fujitsu, SCO Group v. Novell, and On Command Video v. Columbia Pictures Industries, et al. In addition, we have played a role in the development of almost every significant piece of copyright legislation over the past decade, most notably the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
We are particularly experienced in the area of computer software, including issues relating to the scope of copyright protection and business arrangements for research and development, consulting, and licensing. We also have extensive experience with copyrightable material in the entertainment industry.
We are honored to have Paul Goldstein as Of Counsel to the firm on copyright matters. Mr. Goldstein, a professor of law at Stanford University, is a nationally-recognized expert on copyright and related intellectual property issues and is the author of the authoritative four-volume treatise, Goldstein on Copyright.
Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016
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IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
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