By Lori Spencer

A copyright agent is contracted to pursue revenue-generating opportunities for creators and owners of copyrighted works. The agent also is responsible for fielding usage requests, negotiation and preparation of licensing deals for their clients. The agent’s tasks often include ensuring compliance by licensees and litigating unauthorized use of copyrighted works, so this job is often handled by attorneys who specialize in intellectual property law. A copyright agent does need not be an attorney, however.

In order to protect his or her client’s interests, a copyright agent must stay on top of ever-changing copyright legislation. Ideally, a copyright agent should also be diligent in tracking royalties as well as unlicensed uses of the client’s copyrighted work. When violations are discovered, it is the copyright agent who most often initiates litigation for copyright infringement and recovers payment for the client.

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