You’ve been named a defendant in a lawsuit. You’ve received a piece of paper entitled “Complaint.” As you read through the numbered paragraphs setting forth legal jargon and other information, you ultimately recognize that you have been sued for copyright infringement. The question becomes what to do next.
First of all, a complaint is the first filing of a lawsuit and commences what is known as litigation. In this particular situation, you are a defendant to a claim of copyright infringement. Copyright litigation requires the assistance of a copyright trial lawyer more often than not. It is the copyright attorney that will be able to guide you through the copyright litigation addressing such things as:
- The validity of the copyright infringement claim;
- The availability of defenses to the copyright infringement claim;
- The necessity for procedural motions to be filed that may or may not relate to copyright infringement;
- The strategic options available in copyright litigation;
- What to expect should the copyright litigation go to trial; and
- The financial exposure you face should you be held liable for copyright infringement.
A copyright trial attorney will be able to address all of these issues upon representation. There is no doubt that a copyright infringement claim and being named as a defendant in a copyright lawsuit requires specific attention to detail in a timely manner. Therefore, a copyright trial lawyer is going to provide you the necessary abilities to increase your likelihood of a successful defense and favorable resolution.