Copyright Law

Copyright LawyerA copyright lawyer should be able to advise you about a variety copyright related matters.  Copyright law is about more than simply registration, it is also about permissible and impermissible use of existing works.  Copyright is a form of protection provided by the Constitution of the United States and codified at title 17, U. S. Code.  This protection is provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including. literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Similar laws are found around the globe and international treaties allow for protection across most borders.

Copyright Lawyer Ken Kunkle

Ken work with clients from across the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area, through-out Minnesota and across the globe. Examples of services he provides include:

  • Fair Use Opinions and counseling
  • Public domain opinions
  • Copyright registrations
  • Serving as DMCA agents for websites
  • Submitting and responding to online Take-Down requests
  • Licensing and sale of copyright protected materials
  • Responding to demand letters and negotiating mutually beneficial outcomes.

Call 612-414-3113 to discuss how I can help you with your trademark and copyright related matters.

Representative Copyright Matters

  • Resolution of Copyright Infringement and Contract Dispute
    My client, a commercial photographer, was commissioned to take photographs for use on posters and coffee books. After reviewing the terms of the agreement, I determined that the contracting party had violated the terms of the agreement and had violated the photographer’s copyright by not providing proper attribution on the published photos. I quickly negotiated a resolution that addressed my client’s concerns.
  • YouTube Take Down Notices
    My client was a small international film company.  Many of its films were being posted without permission on YouTube.  I submitted a series of take-down requests pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and had the posts removed within a few days.
  • Fair Use Opinion
    Producer of online videos was developing a new project and had developed a number of rough-cuts of the project. I reviewed the material and provided guidance on what material would be considered as fair-use, and what material would need need licensing to avoid potential litigation.

Copyright Websites of Interest

Stanford – Copyright & Fair Use
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Copyright Law