Insurance Coverage for Common Copyright and IP Risks

Companies should perform a thorough review of business practices and how they could give rise to intellectual property exposure, and also consult with their insurance broker on how to insure against risks.

By Evynne Grover | May 26, 2022 at 10:43 AM
Stock illustration: Thief stealing a lightbulb

Copyright violations and other forms of intellectual property (IP) risk have long been a major concern for publishers and entertainment companies, but the explosive growth of the Internet and social media, as well as the ease of producing content, have turned nearly every business into a publisher. Examples include:

  • The "widget" manufacturer that maintains a website with an online catalog and instructional videos for use of its product.
  • The cosmetics company that has Instagram and Tik Tok accounts where staff share influencer videos that are synced with music or have music incidentally in the background.
  • A restaurant chain that has a Facebook account showing photos of its food, as well as articles and reviews of its restaurants.
  • A nonprofit entity that posts activist videos and short-form films on its YouTube and Twitter accounts that are filmed in front of a graffiti-marked building.

Like companies in the media and entertainment industry, each of these businesses is, indeed, engaging in activities that risk violating the intellectual property rights of another party.

Here are five common activities that can expose companies to intellectual property risk:

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to Treasury & Risk, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical Treasury & Risk information including in-depth analysis of treasury and finance best practices, case studies with corporate innovators, informative newsletters, educational webcasts and videos, and resources from industry leaders.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and Treasury & Risk events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.

By Mark L. Lubin | June 07, 2024

With careful planning, corporate leaders can often avoid substantial tax liabilities when they make a former captive's assets available to meet the future business needs of related entities.

Minimizing Tax Cost in Shutting Down a Captive Insurance Company

By Chris O'Malley | September 08, 2023

If companies make disclosures in a big rush, as required, they may end up going public about cybersecurity incidents before they fully understand the situation.

Rule Hastening Disclosure of Cyber Breaches Likely to Ignite Litigation, Insurance Headaches

By Mike Edmonds & Mark Smith | August 28, 2023

Governments worldwide are taking steps to protect privacy rights, which has led to new exposures for businesses.

How Pixels and Biometrics Lead to Privacy Claims
Five Steps To Build an In-House Bank: A How-To Guide for Treasury Practitioners link


Sponsored by ION Treasury

Leading treasuries are establishing in-house banks to help overcome risk, reduce costs, and increase security. Discover five essential steps to establish an in-house bank within your organization today.

ERP VS TMS: Why Treasury Needs a Dedicated Solution link


Sponsored by ION Treasury

Discover three crucial differences between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Treasury Management Systems (TMS), and why a dedicated solution is imperative for effective treasury management.

ISO 20022 - The New Language of Global Payments: Understanding the Industry Migration and Its Impact on the Payments Ecosystem link

White Paper

Sponsored by Treasury Intelligence Solutions Inc.

This white paper provides an in-depth analysis of the industry migration to ISO 20022 and its impact on the payments ecosystem. Explore the benefits of this shift, what your treasury needs to do to prepare, and better understand the future of global payments.