Of the many problematic issues that can arise for those who deal in intellectual properties, a copyright infringement claim can be one of the most frustrating to deal with. One reason that dealing with such claims can escalate into a stressful situation that eats up a great deal of time, money, and additional resources is that it can take a good deal of effort to prove oneself faultless. With certain claims made against your company, you may have helpful evidence at your disposal to show that your company did not exercise negligence in either the creation of a product or the bestowing of professional council. With a copyright issue, however, you may not have any such hard and fast evidence to assist you.
There are a number of company types that can be at the receiving end of copyright claims that may easily evolve into copyright suits. If your business is one that deals in software manufacturing, you may occasionally find it necessary to defend your company’s reputation and bank account against accusations of copyright infringement up to the extent that your professional liability contract permits. If you deal in any other type of media field, this can also readily be the case. However, even in some fields one would not typically think of as pertinent to intellectual property, there are a copyright concerns that can arise. A business’s logo, for instance, may actually become the center of just such an issue.
Professional Liability as Defense
Professional liability insurance is tailored for threats such as copyright claims. Do not make the mistake of thinking if you already have a generally liability policy that you are automatically covered. There are many critical differences between standard liability and professional liability, or Errors and Omissions, insurances. Under your standard policy, you are financially safeguarded against claims related to bodily energy, false advertisement, and other topics generally related to direct harm. Veteran business owners know, however, that there are many potentially detrimental issues that can arise other than those named in a standard liability contract.
Most professional liability insurance policies adequately cover you when it comes to copyright claims. If you choose to go with this coverage type, make sure you confirm with your licensed insurance broker that copyright claims are accounted for. Other things you will want to confirm are the dollar limit of assistance provided if a claim is filed against you, along with any legal help provided. Some providers of Errors and Omissions protection chip in when it comes to your legal defense if there is a suit, and some go so far as contacting a lawyer for you and thereby taking an active roll in your legal defense.
Actions After a Copyright Claims
The actions you should take after learning that your company has been accused of copyright infringement largely mirror the actions you would take following a claim of any sort. Luckily, these steps are simple, straightforward, and involve minimal effort on your part. If your company becomes the subject of a copyright claim, it stands to reason that your attention will be largely absorbed with keeping your business affairs in line; you will not want any degree of added stress. Fortunately, the main thing you will need to do in arguing against a copyright claim is to immediately contact your insurance provider. Having done so, you can convey all the information that you know thus far. The broker you speak with will tell you the exact information that he or she needs and will be able to advise you of your next step. Having a company that assists in obtaining council can be especially helpful.