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Protecting your creativity in an uncertain legal environment

Copyright protection attaches as soon as a creative work is born. But, unless a copyright is registered, it’s hard to defend authorship and protect against would-be infringers.

The copyright lawyers at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig have extensive experience clearing and registering copyrights and protecting them against infringement. We’ve helped businesses and individuals enforce their copyright, maintain control of their work, and defend against accusations of infringement.

Our copyright experience

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s copyright lawyers have filed copyright applications for clients in all fields and disciplines, including major film studios, photographers and other visual artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and software developers. We have experience prosecuting copyright applications, requests for reconsideration of copyright application refusals, and negotiating complex licensing arrangements. We have helped our clients protect their written works, music, photographs, paintings, software code, engineering designs, architectural plans, and more.

Our law firm advises clients throughout the copyright registration process, including through allegations of infringement. Our copyright lawyers have litigated numerous copyright infringement matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants and have filed takedown notices and Section 512 subpoenas to stop online infringement. We have had success recovering statutory damages for our clients against copyright infringers.

What we do

  • Advise clients on the best course of action to protect their creative work, including federal copyright registration
  • Help clients evaluate claims under the U.S. Copyright Act, including monetary damages for infringement
  • Counsel clients on the legal and technical issues that arise under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), including its safe-harbor protection
  • Audit online content, including websites and social media, to identify potential infringers
  • Send and respond to cease and desist copyright infringement letters
  • Advise businesses on the fair use and misuse of copyrighted material
  • Assist clients in seeking temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctive relief, and permanent injunction orders in connection with copyright infringement
  • Represent plaintiffs and defendants in copyright infringement disputes in courts and in arbitration


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.