What should I do? A music label is using my Copyright design without consent on merchandise and mass profiting?
3 attorney answers
It's not possible to buy an "estate," so maybe you mean intellectual property assets, or maybe you mean something else.
At any rate, it doesn't sound like you licensed the design to the artist exclusively, so you should still have a claim against whoever erroneously assumed that the artist owned the copyright to your design.
Consult a copyright litigator ASAP with a copy of your U.S. Copyright Office registration and copies of your 2015 emails. If you had the registration prior to the acts of infringement, you'll be entitled to statutory damages, plus your attorney fees, so you should have no problem finding a good litigator.
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Assuming there's enough "art" to be copyrightable you should register your copyright. The statute of limitations is three years on damages, so take prompt action. Retain a copyright lawyer.
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You retain an expereinced copyright attorney, preferrably with entertainment expereince and go get your rightful share of all royalties and profits from your copyright protected work. Good for you and don't let them get away with it. The attorney will know exactly where and who to talk with. If you don't know one, click on the find a lawyer tab and start looking at profiles, read client reviews and call/talk with a few to find one you want to work with.
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