Copyright protects original, creative expression that is fixed in a tangible medium. Copyright owners possess the following exclusive rights with respect to the copyright-protected work: to reproduce; to distribute; to publicly display; to prepare derivative works based upon; to perform; and, in the case of sound recordings, to perform publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

The categories of work eligible for copyright protection include, generally, the following: literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural plans, drawings and the buildings themselves.

Chiacchio IP counsels clients regarding claims of joint authorship and associated copyright ownership claims, whether or not particular subject matter is copyrightable, and a wide range of other copyright issues. Chiacchio IP assists clients in preparing and filing copyright registration applications. Chiacchio IP also prepares proposed copyright license agreements and handles related negotiations. The Firm also analyzes and advises concerning potential copyright infringement claims, potential damages awards, and other strategic matters.


Chiacchio IP is an active contributor to industry literature. We also give frequent presentations on topics relating to business patents and other intellectual property.