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Richard Dannay

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Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC

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Copyright and Trademark.


Counsel. A litigator and practitioner in the areas of copyright, publishing and trademark law, as well as libel, privacy, publicity and related matters. Experienced in copyright litigation on behalf of book publishers. He has handled significant cutting edge court cases.


Presented 37th Annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture (14 Nov. 2007): Copyright Injunctions and Fair Use: Enter eBay -- Four-Factor Fatigue or Four-Factor Freedom? (The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.) Published at 55 Copyright Society Journal 449 (2008) Author of Factorless Fair Use? Was Melville Nimmer Right? Published at 60 Copyright Society Journal 127 (2013) (special issue honoring 50th anniversary of Nimmer on Copyright Treatise) Chair-Practising Law Institute Advanced Copyright Law Annual Review (1991 - 2012) New York "Super Lawyers" 2006 to present Listed in 'Top 100' Attorneys in NY Metro Area (in Intellectual Property Litigation) Named the Best Lawyers' 2013 New York City Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" 'Best Lawyers in America,' Woodward/White (1993 to present) 'Best Lawyers in New York,' New York Magazine (March 1995, 2005 to present) Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-12): New York Media & Entertainment-Litigation and Intellectual Property Listed among Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2010, 2006).


The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. - President (1984 - 86), Honorary Trustee (1986 to date), Officer (1974 - 84) Association of the Bar of the City of New York - Chair, Committee on Copyright and Literary Property (1992 - 95) American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law - Member of Council (1991 - 95), Chair, Copyright Division (1975 - 76, 1987 - 88); Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries - Chair, Literary Publishing Division (1991- 97) Member, The Grolier Club (1991).


Harvard Law School (LLB 1964) Harvard College (BA 1961, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa).

United States: Intellectual property


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Richard Dannay - Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC

Within: Copyright

The 'outstanding IP boutique' Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is particularly strong in contentious matters relating to book publishing, music and fashion designs. Jonathan King is one of three who leads the team and focuses primarily on the music industry. Fellow practice head Richard Mandel has a similar focus on music and acted for Capitol Records in its litigation against the online marketplace ReDigi, which allowed the resale of digital music purchased from iTunes. Also leading the team is Eric Shimanoff, who has litigated cases involving magazine publishing, video games and music.  Counsel Richard Dannay is another key figure and particularly prominent in book publishing litigation. Elsewhere, Thomas Kjellberg assisted Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation with the enforcement of the copyright for its designs of tiaras and crowns. Also recommended is Joel Karni Schmidt, who is an 'outstanding lawyer', 'always available' and 'very friendly and attentive'. Other notable clients include Penguin Random House and Eli Lilly.

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