Milwaukee Trademark and Copyright Infringement Lawyer
Trademarks and copyrights are used to protect the creators and owners of original content against copying. Published and unpublished intellectual property is protected by U.S. laws and violation of these laws is considered a federal crime. If you have been charged with trademark or copyright infringement, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately. Trademark and copyright infringement may take place in several ways, including:
- Reproducing the work
- Violate the “moral rights” of an author by copying work
- Displaying the work in public without the trademark or copyright owner’s permission
- Create a new work that copies the protected work in a new medium
Although trademark and copyright laws are complicated, the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. have a clear understanding of the issues and will be able to build a solid case in your defense. There are various ways to defend against trademark and copyright infringement charges. The argument of “fair use” is the most common defense for these kinds of charges. Fair use allows someone to use copyrighted material for teaching, news reporting, research, parody, and commentary purposes. Another possible defense is to attack the validity of the trademark or copyright. In order for these to be valid, they must be registered. The Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers will work diligently to challenge the claims of the prosecution and ensure the protection of your rights throughout the legal process.
The federal prosecutors must prove several things in order to prove you guilty of trademark or copyright infringement. First, the infringement of a valid copyright must be proven. Second, proof that the infringement was done knowingly and willingly must be shown. Third, the financial or personal gain of the trademark or copyright violator must be proven.
If you are facing trademark and copyright infringement charges, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney. Trademark and copyright laws are incredibly complex and the success of your defense will depend on the legal guidance of an experienced attorney. Contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. to discuss the details of your case. Call (414) 271-9595.