Copyright Basics for the Generalist In House Counsel

November 29, 2021

What does the generalist in-house counsel need to know about copyright? While patents and trademarks often receive the lion’s share of an organization’s intellectual property focus, copyrights comprise a critical third prong to a healthy overarching IP strategy – even for companies whose products and services involve little or no content creation.

Foley Hoag LLP presented a webinar offering guidance for in-house counsel regarding copyright law, including the basics of U.S. copyright protection and registration, copyright disputes, and the interplay among copyright, the internet, and emerging technologies.

Topics Discussed

  • Copyrightable subject matter many businesses forget to protect
  • Copyright ownership: who owns what in the corporate environment?
  • How and when to register copyrights
  • Best practices for avoiding copyright infringement
  • What to do when your company is accused of infringement
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown basics
  • The overlap between copyright and other forms of intellectual property
  • Recent important copyright developments


  • Josh Jarvis, Partner, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Department, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Jenevieve Maerker, Counsel, Co-Chair, Trademark, Copyright & Unfair Competition Practice, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Francisco Cabrera L√≥pez, Associate, Foley Hoag LLP