Nashville Copyright Attorney & Law Firm

Founded by Nashville copyright lawyer Zach Scott Gainous, we are a Nashville boutique copyright law firm that provides legal expertise, advice and representation to individuals and businesses who create, own, use, or license copyrights.  We strive to be, the "go-to" copyright law firm for creative and talented individuals and businesses in many industries.

Who We Help with Copyright Law & Issues

  • Entertainers & celebrities or public figures who own, create, use, or license copyrights, including
    • Music artists, acts, bands, etc.,
    • Movie, film, & television actors, actresses, celebrities, etc.,
    • Stand-Up comedians & comedy acts, etc.,
    • Fashion, merchandise, and apparel models & celebrities,
    • Athletes & sports stars, etc.
  • Creators of copyrights, including
    • Songwriters, music composers, lyricists, record producers, music producers, etc.,
    • Filmmakers, film, movie, & TV directors, producers, etc.,
    • Movie, film, and television script writers, screenplay writers, etc.,
    • Fashion, clothing, merchandise, apparel, and accessory designers, creators, etc.,
    • Photographers, videographers, graphic designers, etc.,
    • Creators or developers of apps, software, video games, technology, etc.,
    • Bloggers, podcasts or podcasters, public figures, social media personalities, etc.,
    • Authors of books, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, combic books, etc.,
  • Owners or licensors of copyrights in entertainment, music, film, movie, television, tech, media, and many other industries, including
    • Record labels, music publishers or music publishing companies, music production companies, etc.,
    • Movie, film, & television production companies, studios, etc.,
    • Fashion, clothing, merchandise, apparel, or accesory brands and companies, etc.,
    • Bloggers, podcasts or podcasters, public figures, social media personalities, etc.,
    • Technology, software, app, gaming, or video game companies, etc.,
    • Book publishers, news
  • Users & licensees of copyrights in music, film, movies, television, technology, or media and many other industries, etc., including
    • Record labels, music producers, etc.,
    • Filmmakers, film, movie, & TV producers, production companies, studios, etc.,
    • Bloggers, podcasts or podcasters, public figures, politicians, social media personalities, etc.,
    • Websites & online publications, forums, social media websites or networks, etc.,
    • Software, technology, app, video game companies or creators, etc.

How We Help Copyright Clients

We have the copyright law expertise to advise and represent creators, owners, or users of copyrights.  Below are just some of the ways we provide legal expertise, advice, and representation to copyright law clients.

Copyright Protection & Registration

We have the copyright law knowledge and expertise to advise and represent copyright law clients on copyright protection and registration issues, including,

  • advising and informing clients on what can be protected by copyright law, including songs and music compositions, music and sound recordings, videos, films, scripts, screenplays, books and literary works, audio-visual works, graphics, animations, apps or software, architectural designs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, choreographic works, etc.,
  • advising or counseling copyright owners or creators on how best to protect their copyrights, including the benefits, requirements, importance, and value, of proper copyright registration, etc.,
  • advising, representing and assisting copyright clients with the registration of copyrights or any transfers of ownership with the U.S. Copyright Office, including ensuring adequate completion and submission of the proper forms and filings, responding to the U.S. Copyright Office on registration issues or rejections, etc.

Contracts for Sale or Licensing of Copyrights

We have the legal expertise to provide copyright law clients with legal advice and representation on contracts or agreements for the license or sale of copyrights, including:

  • advising and representing clients in drafting and negotiating agreements for the sale, use, or license of their copyrights or copyright catalogs to another party,
  • advising and representing clients in drafting and negotiating agreements for the purchase, use, or license of another party's copyrights or copyright catalogs,
  • counseling and representing clients in disputes, breaches, or litigation of contracts involving the license or sale of copyrights or copyright catalogs, including handling any potential settlements or necessary appeals,
  • representing and advising copyright law clients on termination of assignment contracts

Copyright Infringement or Misuse Disputes & Litigation

We have the copyright law expertise and knowledge to advise and represent copyright clients on copyright infringment disputes or litigation, including,
  • advising clients on whether their copyrights or creative works will likely infringe on the copyrights of other copyright creators or owners, or the client's likelihood of liability for copyright infringement or misuse, etc.,
  • representing and advising copyright law clients on whether they likely have a valid claim or case for copyright infringment or misuse against other parties, etc.,
  • counseling and representing copyright law clients in any disputes or litigation involving the infringement or misuse of their copyrights, including any potential settlement agreements or necessary appeals, issuing DMCA take-down notices, cease and desist, or demand letters, etc.,
  • representing and counseling copyright clients in any disputes or litigation involving the infringement or misuse of another party's copyrights, including any potential settlement agreements or necessary appeals, "fair use" defenses, etc.

Copyright Audits, Royalties, & Financial Valuations

We have the legal expertise to provide copyright law clients with advice and representation in audits and financial valuations of copyrights or copyright catalogs, including:

  • advising, overseeing, and assisting with audits of copyrights or copyright catalogs of copyright creators, owners, or potential purchasers, including determining ownership and registration status and history, and any potential current or future issues or risks for the owners, etc.,
  • counseling, overseeing and assisting with financial valuations and financial audits of copyrights or copyright catalogs for creators, owners, or potential purchasers, including advising on selection or introduction to qualified copyright auditors or CPAs, reconciliation of statements, etc.,
  • advising and representing copyright law clients on copyright royalty or financial discrepencies, dipsutes, or litigation, including sending any notices or demand letters, handling any settlement offers or negotiations, and any appeals, etc.

Works for Hire & Joint Copyright Authorship

We have the copyright law expertise and knowledge to advise and represent copyright clients on works for hire and joint authorship copyrights, including,
  • advising clients on whether their copyrights or creative works will likely be legally deemed a joint copyright work or have a co-author and royalties or profits split among the joint creators or co-authors,
  • advising creators or owners of copyrights on the standards required for a creative work to be a work for hire and the benefits of owning works for hires and disadvantages for creators of creating a work for hire,
  • advising and representing copyright creators on joint authorship or co-authorship copyright agreements or contracts, including drafting and negotiating, breaches, disputes, or litigation, settlements, or appeals, etc.,
  • counseling and representing copyright creators on disputes or litigation involving joint works or co-created copyrights, etc. including any potential settlement agreements, appeals, etc.,
  • representing and advising copyright law clients on work for hire agreements or contracts, disputes or litigation, including potential settlements, appeals, etc.

Copyright Duration & Termination of Copyright Assignments

We have the legal expertise to provide copyright law clients with advice and representation termination of copyrights and termination of assignments of copyrights, including,

  • advising copyright owners or creators and their heirs on the duration, length, or life of copyright protection for their copyrighted works, including renewals for pre-1978 works, post-1978 works, and works for hire, anonymous, pseudonymous, or posthumous publication,
  • advising and counseling copyright creators and owners on the right of termination of assignments for certain types of copyrighted works, and the required notice, procedures, and time requirements, etc.
  • representing and advising copyright creators or owners in terminating assignments of copyrights, including ensuring that the termination occurs in the time period permitted, drafting, delivering, and filing the required termination notices, and following the procedural requirements, etc.

Let's talk about your copyright law issues or concerns.

We love to chat with current and new clients.  If you need help or have questions about copyright law issues, please complete and submit the form below of call us at 615-671-4301.