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Copyright, social media & user generated content


Copyright, social media and user-generated content has now become an area of central importance with the growth of the internet, digital technology, social media and online advertising and marketing. It is a complex area of law, which covers everything from software, to text, photographs, sound recordings and artistic works to name a few, but it is an area in which Browne Jacobson has significant experience and we can help you to smoothly navigate the complex issues you may face in your business in this area.

We regularly work with clients to protect and exploit copyright content as well as database rights and designs, understanding that your valuable intellectual property has never been more important for your business. We assist in maximising the value of your creative assets by ensuring they are adequately protected and also working with you on commercial transactions and licensing deals to maximise their exploitation. Should third parties attempt to infringe your copyright or designs at any time, our experts in litigation and other enforcement strategies will work with you to deal quickly and efficiently with the infringers, ensuring minimum disruption to your business.

What we do...

  • Our experience - copyright and designs (registered and unregistered) litigation, commercial transactions, publishing agreements, online, social media content issues and disputes, licensing agreements, copyright ownership disputes, copyright clearance work. 
  • Our team and breadth of experience - our lawyers will always provide you with the best legal knowledge combined with a commercial approach, tailored to your business.
  • Creating and protecting – helping you to protect your investment and to secure or maintain a competitive advantage by advising on the identification, capturing, clearance and protection of your copyright and design. 
  • Integrated team – we provide a full IP service from clearance, prosecution and portfolio management. 
  • Dispute resolution - helping you to enforce and defend your IP rights through a range of services including infringement proceedings and interim injunction proceedings, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and opinion work, as well as opposition, invalidity and revocation actions.
  • International work – well equipped to handle the international aspects of copyright. We can quickly and cost effectively instruct and co-ordinate foreign lawyers and IP attorneys through our close relationships with patent and trade mark attorneys, through Pangea Net, a non-exclusive, international network of independent law firms of which we are a founding member, and via our long established relationships with international lawyers and attorneys.

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