Partner James Sammataro collaborated with Willis Towers Watson, a multinational risk management advisory company and insurance brokerage, to co-author an article focused on the impact that copyright trolls can take on businesses with technology, media, and telecom ("TMT") operations.

The burden of maintaining copyright protection is the responsibility of TMT companies, in order to avoid infringing on the copyright of content sources. This will often put the interests of newspapers, artists, production studios, and other content providers against popular internet platforms, including industry titans.

According to the article,

"A complicated and evolving legal and regulatory environment is further roiled by copyright trolls with business models that derive significant revenue from the threat of litigation involving copyright infringement. But effective risk mitigation can set up a formidable barrier against copyright trolls while defending the legitimate ownership of creative content on which the Internet depends. TMT companies need to embed a deep enterprise-wide understanding of copyright requirements, supported by rigorous legal and content-management procedures and risk transfer arrangements that can include media liability insurance."

For more information, please read the article, "Copyright trolls pose a growing challenge to TMT risk management."

More About Sammataro's Practice

With two decades of trial experience in high-stakes copyright, trademark, defamation, First Amendment, rights-of-publicity and non-compete matters, Fortune 500 companies, leading media entities, professional sports teams, and A-list talent trust James Sammataro to represent them in delicate yet high-profile disputes. 

Originally published July 31, 2020.

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