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Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

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Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is a partner in the Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Copyright, Media & Entertainment Group. Sandy handles a variety of litigation and transactional matters in the entertainment industry, with a special focus on music. She has represented many of the world’s top recording artists, talent managers and record labels in connection with matters involving recording, publishing, licensing and management contracts, copyrights, trademark rights, unfair competition claims, and the rights of privacy and publicity. Sandy typically handles copyright infringement, trademark infringement, enforcement of personal services contracts, accounting and royalty disputes, and matters involving privacy and publicity rights.

United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

The ‘excellent’ team at Proskauer Rose LLP is recommended for copyright matters in the entertainment industry, and particularly for contentious matters in the music industry. Highlights included the successful defense of Madonna and Warner Bros against a copyright infringement claim by VMG Salsoul regarding the use of a 0.23-second sound sample, which was considered de minimis by the Ninth Circuit. Other clients include BMG, Sony Music Entertainment, Reed Elsevier and the Authors Guild. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks is ‘very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive’. Other recommended lawyers include music industry expert Alexander Kaplan and Charles Sims, who has particular expertise in fair use issues and matters at the intersection of copyright and First Amendment law.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘very good’ practice is particularly noted for its industry expertise in alcoholic beverages. Diageo is a longstanding client of the firm and has been represented in many contentious trademark proceedings; recent work includes a suit against competitor Mexcor regarding a conflict between the client’s ‘Crown Royal’ whiskey brand and the defendant’s ‘Crown Club’ whiskey brand, and a defense against a suit by Allied Lomar regarding alleged infringement of its ‘Stitzel’ trademark by references to the defendant’s Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky. The team also defends Madonna against trademark infringement claims by beauty and fashion brand Hard Candy over the use of the mark ‘Hard Candy’ for fitness clubs and related products. Practice co-chair Brendan O’ Rourke and Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks in New York are recommended.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Proskauer Rose LLP advises clients across transactional and contentious issues, with particular expertise negotiating and structuring distribution deals. Recent transactional highlights include Robert Freeman advising Discovery Communications on its minority investment in Group Nine Media and Joseph Leccese assisting Omnigon Communications with the sale of a majority stake to Infron Sports & Media, a transaction which leveraged the firm’s sports strength. On the contentious side, the team regularly advises on copyright infringement, particularly in the music space through Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks, chair of the firm’s entertainment, copyright and media practice. Highlights for Crawshaw-Sparks included successfully defending Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case relating to her single Judas, and representing Madonna and WB Music in copyright infringement litigation surrounding the song Vogue, which plaintiffs allege contains unauthorized samples. Other clients include The Broadway League, Hulu and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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