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Protecting Your Creative Works: An Entertainment Lawyer's Guide to Copyright Law in Texas

By Sholdon Daniels

As an entertainment lawyer in Dallas, I understand how important it is for my clients in the entertainment industry to protect their creative works. One important tool that can be used to achieve this goal is copyright law. Copyright law gives creators of original works, such as musicians, filmmakers, and writers, the exclusive right to use, distribute, and profit from their work.

In Texas, the copyright law is codified in the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Section 641.052 of the code provides important protections for those who have registered their copyrighted works with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Under Section 641.052, if a copyright holder registers their work with the U.S. Copyright Office, they have a right to file a lawsuit in Texas state court for infringement of that work. This means that a copyright holder can bring a lawsuit in state court, rather than federal court, to enforce their copyright.

This is a significant advantage for copyright holders, as state courts can often be a more favorable venue for copyright litigation than federal courts. Additionally, state courts can often provide quicker resolution of copyright disputes, which can be particularly important in the fast-paced entertainment industry.

It is important to note, however, that copyright registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not required for a work to be protected by copyright. Even if a work has not been registered, it is still protected by copyright as soon as it is created. However, registering a copyright provides additional benefits, such as the ability to sue for infringement in state court.

I love my job as I get to work with clients to ensure that their creative works are fully protected under copyright law. This includes helping clients to register their works with the U.S. Copyright Office and enforcing their copyrights when necessary.

If you are a creator in the entertainment industry, it is important to understand your rights under copyright law. Whether you are a musician, filmmaker, writer, or any other type of creative professional, copyright protection can help you to safeguard your work and ensure that you receive the recognition and compensation you deserve.

If you have questions about copyright law or need assistance with copyright registration or enforcement, I encourage you to contact my office. As an experienced entertainment lawyer in Dallas, I am here to help you protect your creative works and achieve success in the entertainment industry.

Call me now at 1-844-SHOLDON to schedule your appointment.

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