Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Oregon

Q: Hi, i wish to know if copyright subsists if my work was extorted out by someone and subsequently used

I was forced to perform work for a former classmate during university. The latter did this by means of death threats and other blackmail acts. I complied and authored the said person's final year project for her. The person has since passed this work off as hers and has used it for commercial gains. The project makes up a big portion of her degree as well. I have already initiated legal proceedings for the acts themselves. But I think i have a case for copyright infringement as well. After all, it was not voluntarily done and i authored it myself. Neither did i explicitly transfer my rights to that person. Even if the person claims that she had contributed to the report, it still falls under a co-authorship. Do i have a case?

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Potentially, but the statute of limitations is 3 years on copyright infringement. So, you may need to act quickly.

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