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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


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Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks - Proskauer Rose LLP

Within: Copyright

Proskauer Rose LLP has an enviable client roster, which includes names such as U2, Ariana Grande and the Bob Marley Estate. Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks leads the team and has extensive experience in music-related disputes. She acted for Madonna in a copyright infringement case brought by the composer Vincent Montana whose work was briefly sampled in the hit single Vogue. She also defended Lady Gaga against a claim by French artist Orlan, who argued that the artwork and video surrounding the singer's song Born this Way infringed upon her work. Litigators Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan are also highly recommended.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Proskauer Rose LLP is currently representing LemonKind in a trademark dispute with KIND/King Management concerning beverage products. The food and beverage industry is an area of particular specialism and the team also excels in representing clients from the consumer products, media and entertainment and sport sectors. New York-based Alexander Kaplan and Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks are recommended, while other noteworthy clients include Live Nation, Sandoz and Sony Music Entertainment.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: litigation

Within: Media and entertainment: litigation

The New York-based interdisciplinary media and entertainment litigation practice at Proskauer Rose LLP is particularly active in the music sector with clients including Lady Gaga, U2, Island Records, Ariana Grande and Universal Music Group. Practice head Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and Alexander Kaplan represented Madonna, Warner Bros Records and WB Music Publishing in a copyright infringement claim brought by Pettibone. The team is also acting for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in breach of contract, tortious interference with contract and unfair competition claims brought against United Talent Agency (UTA) and a group of defecting CAA talent agents; this matter includes arbitration proceedings against three former CAA agents, with related litigation against UTA and other CAA agents pending the outcome of arbitration. The practice also counts the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Elsevier and Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing among its clients.

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Media and entertainment: transactional

Within: Media and entertainment: transactional

Proskauer Rose LLP fields an interdisciplinary team including corporate, private equity, intellectual property and sector experts in media and entertainment industry matters. Key names to note include Robert Freeman and Jeffrey Neuburger, who jointly head the TMT group; head of entertainment and copyright Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks; and corporate transactions partner Lauren Boglivi. Freeman and Boglivi lead advice to Discovery on several transactions, including recently on a strategic alliance with PGA Tour for global multi-platform live media rights outside of the US for all PGA Tour events; with its $120m sale of 90% of the ownership of its Discovery Education business to Francisco Partners; and with a $10m series A financing transaction for Here Be Dragons, a virtual reality production studio. The practice also acted for the founders of music streaming service Saavn in an agreement to combine Saavn’s services with over-the-top platform JioMusic. Hulu, Altice USA and Sony Music Entertainment are all clients. All attorneys are based in New York.

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