When an individual or company’s legally protected work is utilized without their permission, it is called copyright infringment. U.S. law protects a rights holder’s right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or make derivative works. Typically, a copyright holder is the work’s creator, a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned.
In the U.S., copyright infringement is often confronted through lawsuits in civil court. However, it may also be addressed through a cease and desist order furnished by the copyright holder or their attorney. The current legal term length of a copyright is equal to the life of the author plus 70 years, and if the work was produced under corporate authorship, it may last 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever is less.
Across the globe, punishment for copyright infringment can vary substantially from one country to another. In some cases, conviction may include jail time and/or severe fines for each instance of infringement. For infringement in the U.S., willful copyright infringement carries a maximum penalty of $150,000 per instance.
Because of the complexity inherent in infringement cases around the globe, it is essential to work with an attorney that brings both impeccable legal skill and in the fields of copyright, patent and trademark infringment law, as well as a truly global perspective to every case. At ADLI Law Group, P.C., clients find precisely that.
Our team, led by the distinguished Dr. Dariush Adli, PhD, consists of a variety of legal experts in patent, trademark and copyright law as it pertains to engineering and technology, broadcasting, publishing, film, television and other fields. As the business world becomes increasingly globalized, we understand that copyright, trademark and patent infringement has become an issue that spans across many cultures, countries and legal systems.
That’s why we hold offices in business capitols like London, Tokyo and Taipei in addition to our headquarters in Los Angeles. Further still, our team consists of litigation lawyer and copyright attorney professionals who possess experience working with various overseas clients. They are well versed in various languages and cultures, ensuring effective communication and defense against various patent trolls and other threats to a client’s intellectual property and copyrighted material.
The remarkable legal skill of our team in defending our client’s copyrighted material is well illustrated in a high profile case against Angelina Jolie, GK Films, FilmDistrict Distribution, Scout Films and Edin Sarkic. In the case, we defended our client, Josef P. Knezevic, professionally known as James J. Braddock, who maintained that the book he authored, entitled “The Soul Shattering”, has been infringed upon in the making of Jolie’s film “In the Land of Blood and Honey”.
In the successful Braddock case and many others, we’ve displayed an unparalleled skill and aggressive commitment to our client’s interests in cases regarding copyright, patent, IP and trademark law – a fact that should come as no surprise, considering the accolades of our team. Indeed, Dr. Adli seved as Head of the Patent Group at a large international firm prior to founding his firm, and has since built a team that display the same dedication and legal acumen as he does. No matter where you’re based, if you’re in need of truly first rate legal counsel for defense of your copyrighted material, contact ADLI Law Group, P.C. today, and rest easy, knowing you’re working with truly accomplished legal professionals.