Copyright

Advising Companies on the Reach of Copyright Law Into New, Uncharted Areas

Fenwick's copyright practice regularly provides advice on the reach of copyright law into such uncharted areas as the internet and the ever-expanding realm of digital devices.

Now-standard tools of technology practice, such as the intellectual property audit and the software clean room—designed to reduce the risk of infringement in new product development—were pioneered at Fenwick. Because we understand our clients' technologies and business environment as well as the law, and because our judgment has been honed in novel litigation at the limits of copyright law, our team is uniquely situated to advise on managing risks in an uncertain legal environment and on safeguarding IP assets.

David Hayes, former chair of the firm's IP group, is also the author of the comprehensive treatise Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet, which is updated quarterly and provides detailed analysis of the latest developments in a wide range of internet-related copyright issues.

  • Internet and digital distribution copyright issues
  • Fair use issues in a digital environment
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors
  • DMCA, European and other foreign anti-circumvention law
  • Post-Grokster inducement liability issues
  • Secondary liability for infringing uses of technology products and services
  • Interoperability and compatibility issues
  • Open Source compliance and audit issues
  • Copyright management information (CMI) issues
  • Emerging legislative issues (broadcast flag, audio flag, analog hole, consumer digital rights, broadband services, net neutrality)

  • Internet and digital distribution copyright issues
  • Fair use issues in a digital environment
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors
  • DMCA, European and other foreign anti-circumvention law
  • Post-Grokster inducement liability issues
  • Secondary liability for infringing uses of technology products and services
  • Interoperability and compatibility issues
  • Open Source compliance and audit issues
  • Copyright management information (CMI) issues
  • Emerging legislative issues (broadcast flag, audio flag, analog hole, consumer digital rights, broadband services, net neutrality)

  • Clean room development
  • Command set and protocol emulation
  • Architecture of software to incorporate technological measures for legal control of access and copying
  • Reverse engineering

  • Clean room development
  • Command set and protocol emulation
  • Architecture of software to incorporate technological measures for legal control of access and copying
  • Reverse engineering

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Asset valuations for investors

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Asset valuations for investors

  • Managing infringement risk and strategic planning for copyright protection
  • Copyright registrations, assignments and security interests

  • Managing infringement risk and strategic planning for copyright protection
  • Copyright registrations, assignments and security interests

"Fenwick's practice is highly involved in issues arising from the use of copyrighted content online as well as in software and gaming."

The Legal 500

2019 Edition

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Recognition
Chambers USA

2022

Recognized Fenwick as a leading law firm in California for intellectual property

The Legal 500

2022

Recognized Fenwick as a national leader in copyright law

Managing Intellectual Property

2020

Named Fenwick the Copyright Firm of the Year for the western U.S

U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

2019

Ranked Fenwick among the leading firms for copyright law nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose

Recognition
Chambers USA

2022

Recognized Fenwick as a leading law firm in California for intellectual property

The Legal 500

2022

Recognized Fenwick as a national leader in copyright law

Managing Intellectual Property

2020

Named Fenwick the Copyright Firm of the Year for the western U.S

U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

2019

Ranked Fenwick among the leading firms for copyright law nationally and in San Francisco and San Jose

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