Copyright Litigation

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In today’s digital economy as new technologies develop and the laws governing copyrights continuously evolve, our copyright litigation team vigorously protects our clients’ copyrights and defends them against infringement and other copyright claims in courts at all levels throughout the country. As a full-service law firm with offices strategically located across the U.S. and in Canada, Dickinson Wright is well-positioned to assist you with all of your copyright litigation needs.


We litigate copyright claims across the country for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as for start-ups, individuals, artists, and other rights holders. We handle cases involving a wide array of issues, industries, and statutory schemes. We have handled copyright cases involving diverse areas such as


  • Computer software

  • Figurine designs

  • Educational materials

  • Music compositions

  •  Architectural plans
  • Sound recordings

  • Paintings & Sculptures

  • Catalogs

  • Photographs

  • Business advertising

  • Jewelry designs

  •  Promotional materials


Our Team


Respected advocates in the courtroom, our copyright litigation attorneys are leaders in national intellectual property organizations and national speakers on copyright issues. We aggressively litigate for our clients, always with an eye on each client’s intellectual property portfolio, the industry, and the market. Additionally, our lawyers are regularly recognized by Super Lawyers®, Chambers®, Best Lawyers®, and other leading evaluating organizations for their commitment to excellence and their bold client representation.


Our Services


Our experience covers all aspects of copyright litigation, from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to recapture rights, from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to fair use, first sale, and indirect infringement issues. We litigate copyright matters both as stand-alone litigation and as part of the overall handling of a client’s intellectual property portfolio. Our team efficiently assesses the case, handles ancillary issues such as potential insurance protection, and then presents a strong position to drive a favorable resolution.


Copyright Infringement: We assist companies in enforcing their rights against infringers (with many of these actions leading to licensing opportunities) and have also defended against claims asserted by those alleging infringement.


Unfair Competition: Our team works closely with clients to handle all aspects of unfair competition claims, including, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, theft of trade secrets, as well as other issues that threaten your business.


General IP Counsel: We also provide general IP counsel to our clients, assisting with copyright registration, risk management, and ownership investigations. Our attorneys regularly help clients register and protect their copyrights before the U.S. Copyright Office as well as register copyrights with the U.S. Customs Service and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) to provide additional protection for applicable works.

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