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With ‘outstanding industry knowledge and great business acumen’, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC’s New York copyright practice handles both advisory work and high-profile litigation for clients in the book and music publishing industries. It also has experience in fashion-related copyright matters, and Thomas Kjellberg successfully represented Varsity Brands in its infringement action against Star Athletica - a judgment that was affirmed by the US Supreme Court. On the defense side, the team won an emphatic victory for Rosen Publishing Group in its dispute with Palmer/Kane relating to an alleged infringement of a stock photographic license in its children’s books. Richard Mandel is currently representing Universal Music Publishing, as one of the defendants alongside Justin Timberlake, in a claim brought by JC Davis alleging that the song Damn Girl infringes the plaintiff’s composition, A New Day Is Here At Last. Industry heavyweight Richard Dannay is recommended, as is IP litigator Eric Shimanoff. Jonathan King leads the practice.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘best-in-class’ practice represents broadcasters, publishers, trade associations and individual content owners in the media and entertainment industries. The firm is often seen at the cutting edge of copyright litigation involving online content distribution. The team successfully represented SoundExchange in rate-setting proceedings relating to Sirius XM and Music Choice, resulting in substantial improvements to the royalty rate and structure for the client. In New York, well-regarded practice chair Andrew Bart successfully represented EMI and EMI Music Publishing in a copyright infringement suit against the now defunct content storage site, MP3Tunes; securing a verdict upheld in the appellate court. New York’s Susan Kohlmann achieved a significant victory for Waverly Scott Kaffaga, step-daughter of John Steinbeck, successfully suing other Steinbeck heirs over the ownership rights to East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath - settling a longstanding dispute after an appellate win. In Los Angeles, Richard Stone and David Singer continue to defend Fox Broadcasting in copyright infringement suits regarding a number of the client’s productions. In Washington DC, Kenneth Doroshow serves as outside counsel to FanDuel in a variety of copyright matters.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s practice is led by the ‘commercial-, brand- and industry-awareDale Cendali in New York, whose ‘reputation is unparalleled’ on the copyright litigation front; she is representing various 21st Century Fox businesses in high-profile copyright cases, including a case against the media monitor, TVEyes. Drawing on its experience in technology-related copyright matters, the team is special co-counsel to Oracle alongside Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in its high-profile claim against Google. It also represents IBM as the plaintiff in a suit against Terapoc (a company founded by two former IBM employees) regarding the alleged copyright infringement of source code for high-performance computing software. In another highlight, the group handled copyright enforcement matters for Take-Two Interactive Software’s video game brands. ‘Wonderful’ litigator Bonnie Jarrett, Johanna Schmitt, Joshua Simmons and Claudia Ray are recommended in New York, while Diana Torres is a top Los Angeles-based attorney.

Loeb & Loeb LLP handles copyright advisory and litigation work for high-profile clients in the music, motion picture and television industries. Veteran practice chair Barry Slotnick and Jonathan Zavin in New York and David Grossman in Los Angeles work with a stellar list of clients that includes the likes of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Viacom International. The group successfully represented Spanski Enterprises as the plaintiff in a landmark copyright infringement dispute with Polish broadcaster TVP, in a case involving the application of US copyright law to non-US streaming websites. In another highlight, the team managed to obtain a dismissal of claims brought by the Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation against its client, the estate of Ben E. King, regarding the proposed sale of the estate’s copyright termination rights to There Goes My Baby and Stand By Me. Also on the defense side, the firm is representing the artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in a copyright infringement case brought by Artang Publishing.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP’s clients are a mix of entertainment and technology industry companies, which the ‘well-versed’ team advises on copyright portfolio matters and represents in various copyright-related disputes. ‘Great’ practice chair Karin Pagnanelli has particular expertise in copyright issues relating to video games, and has represented Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Corporation as plaintiffs in separate copyright infringement suits against mobile gaming developers relating to popular franchises Guitar Hero, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. In the music space, ‘top copyright lawyer’ Christine Lepera (New York) defended Capitol Records, Dr Luke and Universal Music Group in an infringement case brought by the rapper, Marcus Gray, in relation to Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse. Also recommended are Russell Frackman and Marc Mayer. Attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise stated, are based in Los Angeles.

Experts in both legal and business issues’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP counsels major multinational companies, including Facebook and Walt Disney, on US and global copyright portfolios and is noted for its ability to work ‘seamlessly’ with in-house legal departments. The group in New York also has a strong music copyright licensing practice, which advises major domestic television and radio broadcasters as well as internet hosting companies. On the contentious side, Benjamin Marks has extensive experience representing clients before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) and successfully represented Pandora Media against the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in proceedings which will determine royalty rates for the on-demand streaming of musical works from 2018 to 2022. Distinguished practice chair Bruce Rich successfully represented eBay and Instagram in separate cases brought by photographers regarding copyright-infringing third-party content on the defendant’s website. Randi Singer and Todd Larson are also recommended.

Arnold & Porter advises major US sports leagues, motion picture studios and broadcast cable networks on copyright matters across new and traditional media. The firm currently counsels Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League on all copyright-related issues pertaining to television programming. Robert Garrett in Washington DC successfully represented ABC, Walt Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal and Telemundo in copyright infringement proceedings against the internet television provider, FilmOn, which resulted in a permanent injunction and the payment of damages for unauthorized streaming. In Los Angeles, having represented the artist prior to his death, Rhonda Trotter now represents the estate of Prince Roger Nelson in various copyright disputes, recently securing a victory against Universal Music Group in a breach of contract matter. The team is also representing the heirs of Marvin Gaye at the appeal stage of the Williams et al v Gaye et al case. John Ulin, also in Los Angeles, is another key practitioner. Dori Hanswirth and the ‘clear-headed’ Theresa House joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2018. Hanswirth draws on ‘broad-based knowledge’ to advise new journalists, news organizations and content providers on rights protection and enforcement.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team in San Francisco handles copyright matters for some of the major players in Silicon Valley and has particular expertise in how copyright law applies to the internet and other digital environments, giving it an edge in emerging technologies. In one highlight, the ‘responsive and knowledgeableAndrew Bridges secured a series of victories for Giganews and Livewire at the Ninth Circuit appeals court against Perfect 10, which established the non-liability of Usenet service providers with regard to infringements occurring on the platform. The group continues to represent General Motors against a lawsuit brought by the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, which is seeking royalties for a music storage system used in some of the manufacturer’s cars. Jennifer Stanley chairs the non-contentious copyright practice and handles portfolios for a number of the big dotcom names. Jennifer Kelly is another key litigator, and David Hayes handles transactional copyright work.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s practice is noted for its particular strength in matters on the boundary between technology and copyright. James Trigg in Atlanta advises Interface and Dominion Enterprises on copyright protection and registration as well as enforcement issues. In Los Angeles, Dennis Wilson represents Viacom International against the website operator, Nick Reboot, in a case alleging that the defendant illegally streamed the client’s copyrighted television content. The team also handled major pre-infringement litigation for Showtime in order to protect its right to the pay-per-view distribution of a championship boxing match. Lisa Pearson in New York serves as outside intellectual property counsel to American Eagle Outfitters and has handled several copyright-related actions on behalf of the company. Joseph Petersen in Silicon Valley leads the practice, and is recommended along with Marc Lieberstein, who is based in New York.

King & Spalding LLP’s clients include content distributors from traditional media as well as digital and new media services. Kenneth Steinthal and Joseph Wetzel in San Francisco represented the Radio Music License Committee on behalf of its members in the first rate-setting arbitration with performing rights organization the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, resulting in a 20-year rate-setting agreement that is substantially lower than the pre-settlement rate. The group is also representing ESPN as plaintiff in litigation against Broadcast Music, challenging the defendant’s license structure and rates for audiovisual programming. On the technology side, Bruce Baber in New York and Daryl Joseffer in Washington DC are representing Google at the appeal stage of its long-running dispute with Oracle.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP stands out for its copyright advisory practice and its ability to handle major technology-related copyright litigation for foreign and domestic corporates. The firm has particularly deep expertise in the copyrightability of software and the application of the fair use doctrine. ‘Tough and reliable litigator’ Annette Hurst in San Francisco, ‘brilliant advocate’ Joshua Rosenkranz in New York and Kelsi Corkran in Washington DC were lead counsel to Oracle in the latest phase of its multibillion-dollar dispute with Google regarding its use of Oracle’s Java software, which after the client’s sussessful appeal is now set for retrial. Denise Mingrone in Silicon Valley, where the firm has a significant presence, is representing Synopsys in a number of high-value suits concerning piracy and the counterfeit use of the client’s software and licenses. Other clients include Microsoft, Facebook and the Vera Wang Group. In March 2018, Paul Fakler joined the firm’s New York office from Arent Fox LLP.

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.

Pryor Cashman LLP’s New York-based group advises and represents major music industry clients as well as a number of motion picture studios. The ‘responsive, informed and aware’ team represented NMPA and NSAI in the high-profile rate-setting proceedings with the major streaming and limited download services, including Amazon, Apple and Google, for the years 2018 to 2022. Frank Scibilia won an appellate victory for EMI Music Publishing as the plaintiff in its dispute with the now defunct MP3Tunes. The group also has a strong track record in defending high-profile recording artists and studios against allegations of infringement - successfully obtaining dismissals of such claims on behalf of Ricky Martin, Kanye West and Jay-Z. Donald Zakarin, Ilene Farkas and Tom Ferber are also recommended for copyright disputes, whilst Brad Rose and James Janowitz are noted for their transactional work.

Litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP focuses on the disputes side of copyright law, and often acts on behalf of online distributors and platforms in litigation with content owners. Recent highlights for Robert Raskopf in New York include securing a complete victory for Vimeo as the defendant against copyright infringement claims brought by major record labels concerning user-uploaded content - a reversal achieved before the Second Circuit. Todd Anten (also in New York) successfully represented TVEyes in an action brought by the Fox News Network regarding the defendant’s television monitoring service. Margret Caruso and Rachel Kassabian in Silicon Valley are also recommended.

Winston & Strawn LLP has formidable expertise in the digital service provider and content distribution space and represents major players in technology, new media and entertainment in a number of bet-the-industry copyright lawsuits. Alongside contentious work, the firm has a notable advisory practice and a strong transactional focus. The team successfully appealed a $25m award to BMG Rights Management on behalf of cable company Cox Enterprises, in a case concerning service-user copyright infringements. It also secured favorable terms for Amazon in the Phonorecords III rate-setting case. In New York, Michael Elkin successfully represented PepsiCo against advertising agency Betty, which alleged Pepsi’s 2016 Joy of Dance Super Bowl halftime advertisement was derived from a copyright infringement. Thomas Lane in New York, Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco and Erin Ranahan in Los Angeles are also recommended.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is best known for its music distribution expertise, but also has significant strength in technology-related copyright issues. The group is currently defending Apple in a copyright infringement claim alleging the use of an infringing design in an app offered through the iTunes Store. It is also defending ReDigi at the appeal stage of its dispute with Capitol Records pertaining to its digital music resale technology. On the advisory front, it assists Blackheart Records Group with copyright registration, monitoring and enforcement, and is currently representing the company in a copyright infringement claim against Epic Rights and other merchandisers. Oren Warshavsky in New York, Dennis Loomis in Los Angeles and Katrina Quicker in Atlanta are recommended.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a respected copyright advisory and litigation practice, which has experience in the copyrightability of software and other licensing issues that emerge from new media. Highlights include being retained to defend Take-Two Interactive Software against a claim brought by the Psychic Readers Network, a fortune-telling service, alleging infringements contained within the client’s video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Jeffrey Cunard is recommended in Washington DC, Jeremy Feigelson and practice chair Jim Pastore are recommended in New York.

San Francisco-based Durie Tangri LLP is focused on technology-related copyright issues. Founding partner Daralyn Durie is advising Google on a number of matters, most notably a longstanding dispute with the Authors Guild and American Society of Media Photographers over Google Books. Joseph Gratz is also recommended.

New York boutique Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. is noted for representing media, entertainment and advertising companies engaged in copyright litigation. On the defense side, highlights included representing an entertainment news websites against a number of infringement claims brought by professional photographers. The firm is also acting for the foundation set up by a prominent 20th century artist in a dispute with a California gallery for allegedly misusing the artist’s name, likeness and copyrighted works. It also has a strong non-contentious practice, and recently advised Bonobos on its copyright portfolio in connection with its acquisition by Walmart. Laura Popp-Rosenberg, David Donahue and Craig Mende are the key practitioners.

The ‘excellentHogan Lovells US LLP has notable expertise in media- and technology-related copyright matters, although it also works with clients in the entertainment industry. The team represents both traditional and new media clients in copyright litigation. Recent work includes defending Walt Disney, Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and others in a claim brought by Horizon Comics alleging copyright infringement pertaining to designs used in the film Iron Man. It also counsels Fox News on various aspects of its copyright portfolios. Dori Hanswirth and Theresa House moved to Arnold & Porter in February 2018.

Mayer Brown’s team regularly represents content distributors in disputes with copyright owners and has significant expertise in online and digital distribution channels. The team recently defended Spotify in class action copyright litigation in which the plaintiffs alleged the client had failed to pay proper royalties to songwriters, securing a more favorable settlement than initially anticipated. The firm is also representing Nestlé and Scotia Bank as defendants in separate copyright infringement claims. Litigators John Mancini and Allison Stillman in New York, and Richard Assmus in Chicago are recommended.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team provides expert advice on copyright matters, often with a digital angle, and also represents a number of high-profile content owners and online retailers in copyright-related disputes. The team has particular experience acting on behalf of trade bodies, and recent won on summary judgment for the American Society for Testing and Materials in its claim against Public.Resource.Org regarding the publication of copyrighted industry standards on a government website. The group also defends Amazon in a number of infringement matters pertaining to user-uploaded content. In the media space, the firm represents The Boston Globe as both plaintiff and defendant in a number of enforcement and infringement claims. Kevin Fee in Washington DC is recommended, as are San Francisco-based John Polito and Carla Oakley.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s copyright litigation team predominantly represents copyright licensees and owners in the technology and entertainment sectors. In one of many software-related copyright mandates, the group successfully defended VMware against a $110m claim by Phoenix Technologies alleging infringement of the plaintiff’s licensed BIOS software. It also represented Paul McCartney in a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright interests in the Beatles back catalogue. The department is chaired by Michael Jacobs and Richard Hung in San Francisco. Los Angeles’ Benjamin Fox is also recommended for litigation.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents companies involved in the creation and distribution of media and entertainment content. It is currently representing a mixture of motion picture studios and new media companies in several high-profile copyright lawsuits, on both the defense and plaintiff side. In San Francisco, Darin Snyder is representing Artifex as plaintiff against Hancom in a dispute alleging the breach of an open source GNU license relating to the defendant’s proprietary cloud software. The team is representing Warner Bros in several high-profile lawsuits, including defending the client alongside New Line Production in a dispute over the rights to The Conjuring franchise brought by the author, Gerald Brittle; and successfully representing it against a claim brought by the estate of JRR Tolkien and Harper Collins involving the merchandising rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, leading to a favorable settlement. Matthew Kline and Daniel Petrocelli in Los Angeles, and David Eberhart in San Francisco are also recommended.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is particularly noted for its representation of songwriters, music publishers and trade associations, but it also has expertise in the wider media and entertainment sector. The group represents the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in various matters, including major rate-setting proceedings. It is also representing Altice USA in a re-transmission consent dispute filed by CBS, which was resolved out of court. New York litigators Lynn Bayard, Jay Cohen and Les Fagen are the key contacts.

Arent Fox LLP specializes in entertainment-related copyright matters and advises a number of major broadcasters in both television and radio. The firm is retained by HBO in relation to numerous copyright matters, including the registration of claims for its original program, Game of Thrones. It also represented Sirius XM Radio and Music Choice in separate royalty-rate proceedings, resulting in favorable rate decreases. In Washington DC, Anthony Lupo is recommended for advisory matters.

New York-based boutique Davis & Gilbert LLP has notable strength in copyright advisory work in the advertising and marketing space, which stands alongside the firm’s busy litigation and transactional practices. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented online viral content company Brainjolt in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by its competitor, Distractify. The group also successfully defended the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation against an action brought by a music publisher and performing rights licensing society alleging infringement; the case was resolved amicably. Ashima Dayal is recommended on the non-contentious side; Marc Rachman and Guy Cohen are the key litigators.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC is best known for its litigation practice, which often defends publishers against infringement claims. It also advises a number of copyright owners on licensing matters arising from their copyright portfolios. The team continues to defend Scholastic against various claims brought by photographers alleging the company used their photographs in excess of license limits. The group also successfully represented the Blue Man Group, obtaining the dismissal of an appeal in a case brought by a former band member who claimed writing and design credits. On the advisory side, the firm assists the Roald Dahl estate with licensing matters. The practice is chaired from New York by Edward Rosenthal, who is a recommended litigator along with Maura Wogan. Andrew Hurwitz in Los Angeles is noted for advisory work.

Jeff Dodd in Houston and Edward Colbert in Washington DC chair Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team, which excels in copyright advisory and transactional work as well as handling litigation. The firm counsels the World Baseball Softball Confederation on all matters related to its copyright portfolio. It also assists DHX Media with copyright protection matters arising from its $345 acquisition of Iconix Brand Group. On the contentious front, the firm successfully defended Mattel against allegations of copyright infringement regarding its book series, American Girl. New York-based copyright litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini are also recommended.

Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella LLP mainly handles copyright-related litigation and transactional work for clients in entertainment and media. The group, led by Robert Schwartz and Victor Jih, won on summary judgment for CBS, dismissing a case brought by ABS Entertainment involving the client’s radio broadcast of pre-1972 sound recordings. Of counsel David Nimmer is a highly respected practitioner and thought leader in copyright law.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s expertise in the entertainment industry is reflected in its stellar client roster of authors, musicians, publishers and studios, which it advises on all aspects of copyright litigation, protection and transactions. The team successfully defended Cumulus Media against a lawsuit brought by ABS Entertainment regarding copyright infringement and unpaid royalties for the broadcast of pre-1972 recordings. It is also defending 50 Cent and Starz Entertainment against two separate claims, both alleging the television series, Power, infringed the plaintiffs’ copyright. Zia Modabber and David Halberstadter in Los Angeles and Floyd Mandell in Chicago are recommended.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s Los Angeles-based practice represents copyright owners, including prominent recording artists, in disputes arising from their portfolios. The firm won on summary judgment for IN2N entertainment Group in a lawsuit brought by the alleged co-author of the song Bad Girl. It is also representing Yomei Chiang McLellan in a dispute over the ownership of diaries inherited from the defendant’s great grandfather, Chiang Kai Shek. Other clients include Will.I.Am and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Jacobs and Michelle Cooke are recommended.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s clients include copyright owners and producers in the entertainment industry. It also has expertise in technology- and fashion-related copyright. In a recent highlight, the group defended Forever 21 in a claim brought by Puma alleging copyright infringement relating to a line of shoes. It is also representing the Beastie Boys in a number of lawsuits relating to the band’s copyright portfolio. Laura Chapman in San Francisco and Daniel Yannuzzi in San Diego lead the practice.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based team represented BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music as the plaintiffs in a copyright infringement case brought against Cox Communications, which found that the defendant was not entitled to ‘safe harbor’ protection under the DMCA, after being found to have aided and abetted the online infringement of over 1,400 copyrighted works by its subscribers. The group also advises the NMPA on a number of copyright enforcement initiatives. Practice chair Michael Allan often counsels Louis Vuitton on fashion-related copyright matters. John Caracappa and Harold Fox are also recommended.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP has a niche in cross-border copyright matters involving the Spanish-speaking world. The group successfully defended the Spanish Broadcasting System against a copyright infringement claim brought by the Latin American Music Company and La Asociación de Compositores y Editores de Música Latinoamericana alleging music broadcasted on the defendant’s radio station infringed copyright. Other clients include Televisa, BTF Media and Lee Daniels. New York’s Laura Goldbard George and Miami’s James Sammataro are the key contacts.

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