Copyright Lawyer

Similar to other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and patents, and in fact conventional forms of property as well, copyrighted work often holds some kind of value, and can thus be transferred from one owner to another.

This can happen by assignment, testamentary disposition or by operation of law.

Copyright can also be licensed to a licensee for royalties. For any transfer of copyright, it is advisable to have a copyright lawyer present to ensure that the rights of all parties involved are honoured.

It is important to note that transfers of copyright in the form of an assignment and an exclusive license (which precludes anyone else, including the author from using the creation) must be in writing and signed by the assignor to be valid.

An expert copyright lawyer from Smit & Van Wyk Incorporated will gladly assist you with any of these copyright related issues.

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