Copyright law protects works of creative expression, including the visual arts. The benefits of copyright protection attach as soon as your work is created, but special and powerful mechanisms for enforcement attach when you file for copyright protection.
If you don't defend your portfolio, you could lose the benefits of copyright protection.
I have the knowledge to handle your copyright registration, infringement, and licensing efforts. If you're a photographer or artist whose work is available online, your rights are likely being infringed, and you may be entitled to money.
Applying for copyright protection, which grants greater rights in recovering for infringement, may be less expensive and difficult than you realize. Contact me now for a free consultation and to learn more.
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Are you starting up, growing, or selling your business? I can guide you through the legal necessities of business formation and growth. As a solo practitioner, I can take the time to understand your business goals. My goal is to maximize value, to help you achieve growth efficiently, while minimizing risk. I will only bill you for the value that I create, not simply for time spent working on your matter.
I will help you cover all of the interrelated legal and business aspects of running a company or non-profit, including issues like: licensing, selling, acquiring, and protecting copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property assets; purchase and sale of assets; purchase and sale of equity; tax planning; commercial contracts drafting and review; real estate; creditors rights; wealth management; and corporate governance.
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Wills and Estates
You don't have to worry about planning your estate until you own something and have someone to give it to.
Estate planning can be one of the most caring things you could do for your loved ones. Drafting a will is not only about passing along things of value to your family and friends, but minimizing the need to make complex financial decisions and eliminating the need to find far-flung assets.
Intellectual property, including copyright assets, provide a special challenge for estate planning. If you're a photographer or visual artist, with proper planning, you will have much more than your bank account balance to pass on to your loved ones.
F. Scott Fitzgerald made $8,397 on The Great Gatsby; his daughter gets $500,000 per year from it.
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Creative individuals need an attorney who understands their passions, guides them through a maze of complicated legal worries and helps protect their portfolios.
My name is Will Blackton, an attorney living in the Raleigh area, and I focus on the legal needs of artists, photographers, and graphic designers.
Before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I lived in Southeast Asia and worked as a web designer and digital artist (I built this site from scratch using a framework of only about 200 lines of CSS). I was surprised, after only working in the industry for a year, to find that my work was already being used by others, without my permission. So, I understand the feelings of frustration, flattery, and disgust that comes with having your work stolen.
After graduating from law school, I clerked for the Honorable U.S. District Court Judges Mark W. Bennett and Leonard T. Strand in the Northern District of Iowa. These two accomplished jurists taught me how to read critically the court filings of seasoned attorneys and write for an audience behind the bench.
I am quietly building a practice that combines my love of the visual arts, technology, and the law, helping people obtain fair compensation for their work and protecting their portfolios. If your content is worth stealing, it’s worth defending. I will be here to pick up your phone calls and respond promptly to your messages.