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CDAS’ team of copyright lawyers possesses a breadth and depth of knowledge in copyright matters that is unmatched by a firm of any size.

Working as an extension of each client’s business team, we help our clients acquire, transfer, protect and exploit their copyrighted material. We represent leading publishing, media, entertainment, Internet and other technology companies, and authors and artists, in all areas of copyright and related rights, including licensing, litigation, infringement analysis, policy, enforcement, and digital rights.

CDAS is one of the founding legal advisors of the Copyright Alliance, and CDAS lawyers hold leadership positions within the ABA Intellectual Property Section and serve on the ABA Internet anti-piracy task force. We are officers and trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA, have held policy advisory roles at the United States Copyright Office (advising the Register of Copyrights, Congress and the executive branch agencies on international and domestic copyright issues), participated in bilateral and multilateral treaty and other trade negotiations with numerous countries, and have been asked to speak on copyright related issues throughout the world.

In addition to advisory roles, our lawyers have represented litigants and amicus parties in the leading copyright cases of our time, including Cartoon Network v. CablevisionViacom v. YouTubeUMG v. VeohPerfect 10 v. Google, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons and Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com, helping to shape the law as copyright and technology converge.

We negotiate and draft complex entertainment and software copyright development, licensing and transfer agreements, and advise content companies on copyright enforcement strategies, Section 512 safe harbors, and secondary liability. We prepare fair use and other clearance analyses for film, television, publishing, podcasts and web-based content, and develop fair use strategies for new online businesses. Our lawyers vet films and books for all potential intellectual property related issues and advise web-based content providers on protecting copyrightable content, avoiding infringement liability and establishing licensing best practices.

We assist clients in all aspects of copyright review, filing and recordation of documents with the U.S. Copyright Office, preparing chain of title reviews, and counseling clients on copyright termination and reversions. We also offer clients in-house training in relevant areas of copyright and licensing to help staff stay current on the law and how it impacts their businesses.