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Media Liability Insurance Coverage Lawyer

Copyright, Trademark, and Media Liability

Our team at Barnes & Thornburg represents a wide variety of clients, including professional sports teams and leagues, record labels, and individual clients in their insurance coverage needs in the media and entertainment sector. 

Businesses of all sizes utilize a variety of insurance policies and risk-transfer devices to protect their intellectual property, businesses and artists against potential copyright or trademark claims. 

We have represented numerous clients in obtaining coverage for claims alleging copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and other media-based issues. We help clients obtain coverage from commercial general liability (CGL) policies, media liability policies, and cyberinsurance policies with media liability coverage parts.   

We focus exclusively on policyholder representation in helping businesses navigate copyright, trademark, and media liability insurance coverage, from policy procurement to submitting sufficient notices of claims to insurers to litigation on behalf of policyholders if and when necessary.  

Because of the fast-paced and urgent nature of claims of alleged copyright and trademark violations against policyholders in this area, it is essential for policyholders to have knowledgeable coverage counsel who are experienced in regularly communicating with insurers with respect to complicated and extensive allegations. Our sophisticated team of coverage attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg have the skills and background to handle such matters. 

Practice Leaders

Scott Godes

Scott N. Godes

Data Security and Privacy Co-Chair, Insurance Recovery and Counseling Group Co-Chair

Washington, D.C.

P 202-408-6928

F 202-289-1330


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  • Represented numerous entertainment and sports industry clients as insurance coverage counsel in connection with allegations of copyright infringement due to the alleged use of music.
  • Represented apparel companies in lawsuits alleging trade dress and/or copyright infringement triggering coverage under commercial general liability (CGL) policies.
  • Represented a client in obtaining coverage for the defense of counterclaims made in connection with an affirmative trademark infringement action.
  • Represented a leading telecommunication company in a copyright coverage matter under a media liability policy.
  • Represented a production company in a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement triggering coverage under a media liability policy.
  • Served as insurance coverage counsel for a research and development company regarding coverage for a lawsuit alleging slander, among other claims. After the general liability insurance carrier filed a declaratory judgment action in federal court seeking a ruling of no coverage, Barnes & Thornburg filed a motion to dismiss on procedural and substantive grounds, arguing that the carrier’s duty to defend was so clear-cut and that litigation was futile. The carrier settled quickly thereafter.
  • Represented numerous clients and obtained substantial coverage for both copyright and trademark based claims under CGL and media liability policies, including claims of defamation, disparagement, and false advertising.
  • Represented apparel companies in lawsuits alleging trademark and copyright infringement triggering coverage under media liability policies.
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