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MOVING FORWARD
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Copyright

MOVING FORWARD WITH INNOVATION

PROTECTING WORKS OF AUTHORSHIP IN A CHANGING WORLD.

Protecting your original works of authorship and complying with the copyright laws are important priorities for our clients. Copyright law is evolving rapidly in this increasingly digital and global world, requiring a deep understanding of the law as well as the platforms for creating and deploying literature, music, art, and other copyrighted works. We help copyright owners protect their ownership interests, proactively advise them about the benefits of registration and the need to obtain permissions and licenses where appropriate, and offer guidance and counsel concerning fair use issues.  When the need arises, our experienced copyright litigators go to court or alternative dispute forums to enforce and defend our client’s copyright-related interests. 

Brinks Gilson & Lione, a full-service intellectual property firm, offers comprehensive capabilities in copyright matters.  Our attorneys are active thought leaders in the copyright community, applying our copyright experience and expertise with an eye toward future innovations and forms of creative expression.

We speak your language, and can meet your copyright needs.

Many of our copyright lawyers are talented and creative individuals in their own right – authors, dancers, and musicians – as well as patrons of the arts.  We understand and appreciate the importance of copyright law.

We represent people and companies who create books, magazines and other written works of authorship; music and sound recordings; visual arts; television shows and motion pictures; theater and dance; architectural works; compilations and databases; computer programs; video games; web sites and online content; and multimedia works.

We assist clients with copyright registrations, and with copyright ownership documentation, including work made for hire agreements, copyright assignments and licenses, and performing rights licenses. We help with multinational transactions, and with copyright compliance, including at the Copyright Compliance Center. We provide clearance opinions, conduct due diligence investigations and investigations into copyright ownership and status, and advise on questions of fair use. We also assist with compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; obtaining permissions; copyright audits; and related opinion work. When our clients need to be in court for copyright disputes, we are well-equipped to protect and defend their interests.

"Corporate INTL magazine Copyright Law Firm of the Year - Illinois, 2015"

Clients around the world rely on Brinks Gilson & Lione for guidance on copyright law – in Industry, music and the arts.

Copyright law continues to encounter and accommodate technological innovations – the Internet, social media networks, file and image sharing, to name a few. Technological innovations that seem commonplace today, like the photocopier or the video recorder, digital audio, and ebooks, once presented unique challenges to the application of fundamental copyright principles. This trend continues with the creative endeavors and innovations such as appropriation art and 3-D printing. We have always been, and remain, at the cutting edge where copyright law intersects with technology, fair use, and First Amendment principles. 

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On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-2 ruling in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., holding the decorative elements on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms were conceptually separable two-dimensional graphic works, and therefore eligible for copyright protection...

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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has been named Law Firm of the Year in Illinois in the category of copyright law by the 2017 Corporate INTL Global Awards...

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The maker of “My Other Bag” tote bags received its hoped-for holiday gift in late December ...

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As part of its annual “Special 301” identification and review of countries that deny adequate and...

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On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office launched its new electronic registration system ...

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On November 21, 2016, Law360 published an article written by Associate, Joseph R. Sozzani entitled, "Copyright Gets Star Turn At High Court."  Please click here to read the article.
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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has again...

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For nearly a century, U.S. federal courts have struggled with the “metaphysical quandary” involved in determining ...

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CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United  ...

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On June 23, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to exit the European Union (EU) – a decisive move whimsically known ...

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The Federal Circuit, in an en banc decision, held that to be “on sale” under pre-AIA § 102(b), a product must be the ...

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TAMPA—Alejandro J. Fernandez, a partner and litigator at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has been named to Florida Legal Elite 2016. The annual listing of legal leaders by Florida Trend magazine names fewer than two percent of active Florida Bar members who practice in the state, and this year includes only 20 attorneys who practice intellectual property law...

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (Kirtsaeng II) gives a district court broad discretion when awarding attorney’s fees under the statutory fee-shifting provision of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 505...

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CHICAGO—Chambers USA, an annual guide to the world's best lawyers and law firms, has again placed intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione in Band 1 for IP law firms in Illinois, its highest level of ...
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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, today announced that former Kraft Foods chief trademark counsel Susan H. Frohling has joined the firm in its Chicago office as counsel, ...
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CHICAGO—For the third year in a row, Managing Intellectual Property magazine (MIP) has designated intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Illinois office as Highly Recommended in its annual rankings, and has ranked the ...
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President Obama signed into law yesterday the Defend Trade Secrets Act, establishing for the first time an ostensibly uniform national trade secret protection standard...
 

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Join Brinks Gilson & Lione attorneys, Jim Sobieraj, Mark Remus, Amy Fix, Bill Frankel and Laura Beth Miller as they discuss the issues that will be front and center on the minds of Intellectual Property Departments and Attorneys in 2016, ...
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CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States...

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On November 13, 2015 John Lingl's article, "Copyright infringement fears fade with new vehicle software ...

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On November 11, 2015, Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholder William H. Frankel who chairs the ...

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ANN ARBOR, MICH. – John Lingl, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & ...

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A district court judge in the Central District of California issued an order in Rupa Marya, et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., et al. (Case. No. CV 13-4460-GHK (MRWx) granting the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment seeking to ...
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CHICAGO—Nine attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named IP Stars for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. For the second year in a row, the publication also designated Brinks' offices ...
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