How much does it cost to pursue a copyright infringement claim?

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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 in attorney fees to sue for copyright infringement or to file a 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 $5,000.  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.

Attorney fees in copyright infringement matters

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. Your attorney needs to understand both your goals and your budget in order to advise you on the merits of your copyright claim, and the attorney fees and costs you can expect to protect your rights.

copyright attorney fees and costs

The Copyright Devil is in the Details!

There are several strategies that copyright owners take to protect their works fo=rom unauthorized copying and use.  Your attorney can help you understand which approach might work best for you, and the attorney fees involved.  In order to advise you, your copyright lawyer will need to conduct a review of the background facts, analyze documents and make sure they understand your specific matter a a very high level.

Copyright ownership gives the holder of the copyright in an original work of authorship six exclusive rights.

Here are some examples of copyright infringement approaches that our lawyers use to protect copyright owners and their rights to control:

  • The right to reproduce and make copies of an original work.
  • The right to prepare derivative works based on the original work;
  • The right to distribute copies to the public by sale or another form of transfer, such as rental or lending;
  • The right to publicly perform the work;
  • The right to publicly display the work, and
  • The right to perform sound recordings publicly through digital audio transmission.

Possible Copyright Infringement Projects.

  • DMCA take-down request. A DMCA take-down notice is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to have your copyright protected materials removed from a website hosting company servers, or a search index on Yahoo, Google, or Bing. The first thing you need to know about how to send a DMCA notice is that you must be the copyright owner in order to send the notice.
  • Copyright Infringement Threat Letter. You think someone is infringing your copyright. You see that they’ve posted something that belongs to you on the Internet, either a picture or a photograph or a piece of art or a literary work or a design, and you believe that a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement should be sent.
  • Copyright Infringement Lawsuit.  The most expensive, extensive and time consuming option is to file a federal court copyright lawsuit.  This option needs to be full analyzed before you step into court.
  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.

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