Copyright law can be extremely complicated and confusing to understand. A case might concern questions of substantial similarity of one piece of work versus the other. Or, you might be exposed to a copyright infringement claim without any knowledge of it, and without any intent. Downloading something from the Internet is a good example. You might have copied a photo not knowing that it was copyright protected. But innocent infringement is seldom an excuse. Establishing a claim might also require discovering if one work influenced the other. Another example involves the work of someone you might have hired or employed. Even though you paid for his or her work, he or she might retain ownership of the copyrights. Many software developers have learned this lesson the hard way. Importantly, the stakes in copyright infringement cases can be very high.
The attorneys at Peterson Watts Law Group, LLP, understand copyright law and how to litigate copyright cases. Both are essential for successful copyright representation. Our attorneys have been trying these matters for decades and understand the proper remedies available when copyright infringement arises.
Glenn W. Peterson’s interest in copyright law came very early. His work as a graphic artist, which began when he was a child, resulted in a copyright dispute while he was still in high school. He accidentally discovered the unauthorized use of his work in a grocery store. This gave him a hands-on understanding of the importance of copyright protection and its ability to remedy infringement. His infringement settlement helped pay his first year tuition at U.C.L.A. and later influenced his decision to become a lawyer.
Because of his experience as a cartoonist and commercial artist, and his early interest in copyright law, Glenn employs his uniquely qualified background to every copyright litigation matter he tries. He has also published works and lectured in the area of protecting trade secrets.
With an attention to detail, Glenn Peterson prepares every matter in anticipation for trial while paying close attention to the individual facts when planning your case. And since becoming a licensed California attorney in 1986 and receiving admissions to the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, U.S. District Court Central District of California, U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, and the U.S. District Court Southern District of California, he has also represented hundreds of copyright litigants in all of these jurisdictions. This includes both representation of parties claiming infringement and those charged with infringing the copyright.
While located in Roseville, the attorneys at Peterson Watts Law Group, LLP, represent copyright claimants and defendants throughout the entire state of California. Contact our firm for an initial consultation by calling 916-749-1431.