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Proskauer Rose LLP

11 TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036-8299, USA
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Work +1 212 969 3000
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Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Litigation

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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

Copyright

Within: Leading lawyers

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks - Proskauer Rose LLP

Within: Copyright

Proskauer Rose LLP’s bicoastal practice is retained by major performers, songwriters and music studios as well as wider media and entertainment content owners and producers. Recent highlights included successfully defending long-term client Lady Gaga in separate infringement lawsuits relating to music and artwork on her album, Born This Way. The group is also defending Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing and Fifty-Six Hope Road, owners of the publishing rights to Bob Marley’s back catalogue, in a claim brought by Allan Cole, who claimed to have co-written the songs War and Natty Dread. Other music industry clients include Madonna and Ariana Grande. The practice is led by Los Angeles’ Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and New York’s Brendan O’Rourke. Also in New York, Alexander Kaplan is recommended for non-contentious matters and has particular expertise in Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and rights management work.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘excellent’ New York-based team often acts for high-profile brands and has experience handling litigation with an international element. Co-head Brendan O’Rourke led advice to Energizer in a lawsuit brought against Spectrum Brands alleging trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims regarding Spectrum’s confusingly similar packaging. O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan successfully assisted Triangl with litigation brought against a former Chinese supplier of swimwear manufactured by Triangl alleging trademark and trade dress infringement. Kaplan acted for Ascena Retail Group in a trademark and trade dress infringement dispute brought against BlueStar Alliance. The team, which is also led by Lawrence Weinstein, includes Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Proskauer Rose LLP’s experience in content distribution deals was evident in its recent work; the team advised Altice on the renewal of its distribution agreements with Disney and EPSN Media Networks and acted for Major League Soccer on a distribution deal with Facebook to stream regular season games on Facebook Live. Other transactional work for the department included advising Hulu on the launch of its live subscription television service, assisting Discovery Communications with a joint venture agreement with The Enthusiast Network, and handling the acquisitions of NBC- and Fox Network-affiliated television stations for Bain Capital Credit. Robert Freeman is the key name for transactions, while Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks focuses on music litigation; she represented Lady Gaga in a copyright infringement case brought by a French sculptor who claims the Born This Way album cover infringes several of her works, and acted for Madonna in a copyright lawsuit relating to Vogue, which plaintiffs allege uses unauthorized samples. Other noteworthy practitioners include litigator Alexander Kaplan and senior counsel Paresh Trivedi. All attorneys are based in New York.

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