Media-related Liability Concerns

Media is more prevalent than ever before, and information can be disseminated in mere seconds. Just twenty years ago people had to wait until the evening news or the morning newspaper to know what was happening in the world. Nowadays you can get breaking news alerts almost instantly. These advances have been incredibly beneficial to society, but it does also pose a risk that you might want to prepare for.

What is Media Insurance?

Media insurance is a type of insurance coverage that protects the media from claims that result from distributing information. There are several different types of policies that companies such as HighlandRisk carry.


Plagiarism occurs when someone presents someone else’s work as their own. With all the various information being distributed it’s relatively easy to copy information. Also, someone can be charged with plagiarizing even if they aren’t aware they’re using someone else’s material.


Defamation is the act of spreading false information about someone that can damage that person’s reputation. It can also be used against a company or product.

Copyright infringement

If someone reproduces copyrighted work without getting proper approval, they can be sued by the copyright holder. Here are a few types of professionals that might want to consider copyrighting their information.

  • Authors
  • Advertising managers
  • Publishers
  • Producers
  • Broadcasters

Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for media claims, it’s always a good idea to explore your options and know about your resources.