Partial Summary Judgment Granted in Copyright Indemnity Lawsuit Against Law Firm

Partial Summary Judgment Granted in Copyright Indemnity Lawsuit Against Law Firm

Crockett & Associates has obtained partial summary judgment disposing of claims of indemnity against a large law firm for copyright infringement violations. The Central District of California found persuasive the argument that indemnity for a copyright violation should lie only where there is an express indemnification provision; no implied indemnity should be enforced against the offender. The federal court found that there is no indemnity under the Copyright Act and that the Copyright Act preempted state law-based indemnification and contribution theories against the third-party defendant law firm.