How much does it Cost to Pursue a Copyright Infringement Claim?

How much does it Cost to Pursue a Copyright Infringement Claim?

As a copyright infringement attorney, I am asked all the time how much is it going to cost to pursue a copyright infringement claim or copyright infringement lawsuit.  The answer is, of course, it depends.  If you are sending a copyright infringement threat letter, that is a project which will typically cost you somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000.  If you are filing a lawsuit or legal claim in court alleging copyright infringement, the attorney fee and cost of that case could be well into six figures.

A good copyright infringement lawyer will assess your copyright matter and give you an assessment of all of your options including the costs and attorney fees that will be incurred in each.  You should always do a thorough assessment of your copyright claim before deciding which course of action is going  to work best for you.  While a copyright infringement threat letter is sometimes step one, there are many instances where a threat letter is not the appropriate first step to meet the client goals.

  1. One of the very 1st questions asked by companies both big and small is how much it costs to get an original work of authorship protected by copyright. How much does a copyright cost? It is typically a couple of hundred dollars for most copyright registrations. Check with a copyright attorney for a cost quote to make a good decision based on return on investment. If you don't obtain a registered copyright, you can't sue someone for copyright infringement.

  2. Copyright infringement costs vary depending on whether or not you're sending a copyright infringement threat letter or filing a lawsuit against someone for copyright infringement. It is important to understand up front the cost of pursuing a copyright claim, your chance of success under copyright law and the length of time it will take to achieve your copyright goals. Speak with a copyright law attorney and make sure you fully understand where you are starting and where you are going as part of your copyright protection strategy.