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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Bruce Rich

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Career

Senior partner at Weil and Head of the firm’s top-ranked IP/Media Practice. A nationally recognized expert in IP law, focusing on legal issues presented by the transmission of content on traditional and new media platforms. Areas of concentration include copyright, music licensing, First Amendment, trademark and antitrust law. Has served as lead trial counsel in significant cases for clients including Bertelsmann, McGraw-Hill, eBay, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Walt Disney Company, CBS, HarperCollins, Pandora, the Association of American Publishers, and the Radio and Television Music License Committees.

Education

Dartmouth College (BA); University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD).


United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate

Within: Appellate

Headquartered in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s seasoned appellate lawyers handle litigation in areas such as intellectual property, finance, taxation and business torts, among others. Practice head Gregory Silbert represented appellee Hungarian State Railways in an appeal challenging US jurisdiction in a case brought by a group of Hungarian Holocaust survivors before the Seventh Circuit, which sided with the client and dismissed the case on international comity grounds. At the Federal Circuit, Silicon Valley-based Edward Reines secured a victory for Life Technologies in a patent dispute with Promega over gene-testing technology. At the Eleventh Circuit, Bruce Rich led on scoring a win for clients Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications in a copyright infringement dispute with Georgia State University. David Singh, Steven Reiss and Adam Banks are also key figures.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright

Within: Leading lawyers

Bruce Rich  - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Within: Copyright

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  is 'one of the premier copyright litigation practices in the US' and has 'a particularly good market knowledge of the music and digital music market'. Bruce Rich co-heads the practice and acted for Pandora in a royalties payment dispute with the Copyright Royalty Board regarding non-interactive streaming services such as internet radio and others. Also leading the team is Benjamin Marks, who is noted for his 'guidance', 'knowledge', 'patience', 'responsiveness' and 'expertise'. He also represented Pandora on a separate dispute concerning royalty rates regarding on-demand streaming, in this case brought by the National Music Publishers' Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Hailed for its ‘very strong brief writing and creative thinking’, the core strengths of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP lie in representing media and technology companies. The ‘very accessible’ Randi Singer ‘really cares about her clients’ and recently acted for Twitter in a Southern District of New York lawsuit which concerned infringing products hosted on the client’s platform. It was successfully argued that there was no concert between Twitter and Alurent, the owner of the infringing products, resulting in no penalties for the client. Benjamin Marks heads the practice alongside Bruce Rich and is currently representing Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement and copyright royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University. eBay, Facebook and Discovery Communications are also clients. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: litigation

Within: Media and entertainment: litigation

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's New York-based cross-departmental media and entertainment litigation practice group is jointly led by Bruce Rich and Benjamin Marks, who alongside Todd Larson successfully represented Pandora Media before the Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit, which upheld the favorable royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Key matters in the television space include Yehudah Buchweitz's representation of Showtime Networks in a series of putative class actions relating to allegations of issues in connection with viewing the pay-per-view boxing match between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, and the team's representation of A&E Television Networks in a dispute with The Weinstein Company (TWC) concerning A&E’s termination of certain agreements it had with TWC, including those relating to the TV series Project Runway and dozens of movies. The group is also acting for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Association of American Publishers and SAGE Publications in a copyright infringement dispute with Georgia State University regarding the parameters of the fair use doctrine in the academic setting. Sirius XM Radio, Facebook and Getty Images are also clients; a team successfully defended the latter in a copyright infringement action brought by Zuma Press.

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