Copyright in United States

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC covers the full range of matters related to copyright law, and stands out in particular for its experience in copyright litigation for clients in book and music publishing. Based in New York, the team is noted for its expertise in handling photograph copyright matters and dealing with copyright trolls. Practice head Jonathan King deals with significant and highly controversial music publishing copyright issues. Litigator Thomas Kjellberg  has drafted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of key organizations in the music industry, and works closely with Richard Dannay  , who is often lead counsel on major copyright cases. Additionally, Richard Mandel is known for extensive copyright litigation work and Eric Shimanoff is highly regarded for advising clients in the music and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan King

Other key lawyers:

Richard Danna; Eric Shimanoff; William Borchard; Thomas Kjellberg; Richard Dannay

Key clients

Universal Music Group

J. Crew Group, Inc.

The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.


The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Trebco Specialty Products (WUBBANUB)

Penguin Random House LLC

Dover Publications Inc.

McGraw Hill Education

Practising Law Institute

Norman Rockwell Family Agency

Eli Lilly

Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Sexy Back Bra, LLC

The Forward Fund, Inc.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

Hanky Panky Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Warner Music Inc. in obtaining multimillion-dollar judgments for the non-payment of royalties for recordings ROK Mobile streamed without authorization.
  • Represented UMG Recordings, Inc. in a dispute as to the ownership of the copyrights in recordings made under an agreement with an artist.
  • Defended Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. and its Italian affiliates against claims of copyright infringement and trademark infringement brought by the Estate of the designer Massimo Vignelli relating to a book about him.

Jenner & Block LLP

From offices in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles, Jenner & Block LLP handles the full range of IP disputes and has a major presence in the film and TV, music, and video games industries. Acting for clients including major US recording companies and motion picture studios, and it has been active in significant negotiations relating to key copyright legislation, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Based in New York, practice co-chair Andy Bart is a highly regarded media IP lawyer. He works alongside Susan Kohlmann, who litigates on behalf of major players in the music industry. Other names to note include Steven Englund in Washington, DC, who is highly regarded by his peers for his deep knowledge of IP law, and Los Angeles-based litigator David Singer, who represents motion picture studios, news media clients, and book publishers. In New York, Alison Stein was named co-chair of the IP practice in February 2021, and David Pressman joined as partner from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP on June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bart; David Singer; Alison Stein

Other key lawyers:

Steven Englund

Key clients

Universal Music Group (UMG)

Fox Corporation / News Corp

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Motion Picture Association of America (MPA)


Sony Music Entertainment

NBCUniversal (incl. Universal Studios)


Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Music Group


Jay Z (aka Shawn Carter) and related entities, including Roc Nation

Princeton University

Estate of Elaine Steinbeck


Endeavor (incl. IMG Models)


Home Box Office (HBO)

MGM Studios

MRC Studios

Saatchi & Saatchi

Interpublic Group (IPG)

Work highlights

  • Represented the RIAA and its member labels in three of their most significant current cases, including two separate copyright infringement actions against sister cable companies.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for television and movie studios Sony, Amazon, Disney, Warner Bros. and others in a lawsuit against operators of Nitro TV for illegally streaming popular films and television shows.
  • Represented SoundExchange in a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) trial to determine royalty payment rates from 2021 through 2025 for the streaming of recordings by webcasters including Pandora and iHeart.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP acts for well-known clients in the media sector in high-stakes copyright litigation, with additional expertise in copyright arbitration and the negotiation and implementation of license agreements. In San Francisco, practice head Kenneth Steinthal has litigated in a range of court trials and has appeared before copyright tribunals regarding matters such as music rights. Washington, DC-based trial lawyer Stephen Baskin is an expert in representing technology companies in all areas of IP law. In New York, Bruce Baber and counsel Jason Blake Cunningham are notable for their longstanding work on the Google v Oracle case, which most recently saw them advocating at the US Supreme Court. Additionally, in May 2020 partners Michael Roth, Arwen Johnson, Kelly Perigoe, Julia Bredrup and Lennette Lee joined the team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Steinthal; Steve Baskin

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Baber; Jason Blake Cunningham


‘Quality advice provided with efficiency. Very experienced.’

‘Kenny Steinthal is a star.’

Key clients






The Orchard (Sony Music subsidiary)

HBO/Turner/Warner Media

Mood Media/Muzak


National Public Radio

Work highlights

  • Represented Google in the Web V Copyright Royalty Board proceeding against the sound recording industry to determine statutory royalty rates for digital performance of sound recordings made by non-interactive music streaming services.
  • Represented Peloton in a high-profile copyright infringement litigation brought by independent music publishers in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented Google against Oracle’s claims that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights when Google used a portion of the Java platform to build the Android mobile device platform, most recently in a US Supreme Court case, with oral arguments heard in October 2020.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

With experts located in major commercial hubs throughout the US, Kirkland & Ellis LLP routinely handles high-profile copyright cases receiving major media attention, particularly for a broad range of clients in the entertainment, fashion, and financial services industries. Additionally, the firm's work has helped shape the scope of software copyright protection. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons are recognized for their record at trial and appeals, including cases before the US Supreme Court. Also recommended in New York is Claudia Ray, who focuses on IP matters for online music providers. A contact on the West Coast is Diana Torres in Los Angeles, who has represented parties in federal and state courts in a wide range of licensing and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Simmons; Diana Torres; Claudia Ray

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Astronics Corp.

Epic Games, Inc.

Oracle Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP advises high-profile clients in entertainment and media, advertising, consumer products, and life sciences sectors on all critical and time-sensitive IP needs, including copyright litigation and transactions. Of note, the team often works alongside the firm's media, technology, and entertainment groups, enabling it to provide comprehensive advice on IP and copyright issues in a range of specialized areas. In New York, chair of entertainment and IP litigation Barry Slotnick advises clients in the areas of music and entertainment, advertising, and merchandising and is a highly regarded copyright litigator; while in Los Angeles, chair of IP protection Melanie Howard focuses on the acquisition and protection of copyrights, acting for well-known brands and luxury and e-sports talent. Another name to note in Los Angeles is David Grossman, who acts as deputy chair of the litigation group and is highly experienced in copyright infringement cases. New York-based senior counsel Sarah Schacter and partner Jonathan Zavin are also recommended for IP litigation. Jim Curry joined in Los Angeles from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Howard; Barry Slotnick

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Schacter; David Grossman; Jonathan Zavin; Jim Curry

Key clients

Universal, Legendary Entertainment and Paramount Pictures

Fox Searchlight, Guillermo del Toro

Master Licensing, Inc.

Ryan Lewis, Ben Haggerty p/k/a Macklemore

CBS Interactive and Netflix

Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, SonyATV Music Publishing, PeerMusic, Spirit Music Group, Concord Music Publishing, ABKCO Music

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

Viacom International

Viacom International and Big Fish Entertainment

Ford Motor Company

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., Atlantic Recording Corporation, Elektra Entertainment Group Inc., Warner Music Inc., and Warner Music Group Corp.

Juan Luis Guerra

Loretta Lynn

Work highlights

  • Represented the defendants, Ryan Lewis and Macklemore, in a copyright infringement case commenced in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Paul Batiste d/b/a/ Artang Publishing, LLC.
  • Represented a group of six music publishers in a copyright infringement action against the owners and operators of the website
  • Successfully defended CBS Interactive and Netflix in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Anas Osama Ibrahim Abdin, the creator of a space-based videogame featuring a fictional version of a real animal known as a “tardigrade,” claiming that the currently running CBS series “Star Trek: Discovery” infringed his videogame.

Arnold & Porter

The team at Arnold & Porter stands out in particular for its experience advising US sports leagues, film studios, and television networks on IP matters related to TV programming and distribution, both digitally and through traditional mediums. It is frequently involved in hotly contended litigation before federal courts and the FCC. Notably, the team recently represented Major League Baseball in connection with efforts to overhaul the US Copyright Act. Matthew Wolf and Jennifer Sklenar jointly lead the practice from Washington DC, while in New York, Dori Ann Hanswirth  is highly regarded for representing movie studios and comic book companies in copyright litigation. Theresa House is also recommended for IP litigation. Contacts on the West Coast include Los Angeles-based Rhonda Trotter, another of the group's respected copyright litigators. Additionally, the Chicago team grew in August 2020 with partners Christopher Renk and Michael Harris, as well as senior counsel Helen Minsker, joining from Banner & Witcoff, Ltd..

Practice head(s):

Matthew Wolf; Jennifer Sklenar

Other key lawyers:

Dori Ann Hanswirth; Theresa House; Rhonda Trotter; Christopher Renk; Michael Harris; Helen Minsker

Key clients




David Yurman

Experian Companies

Fox News Network

ITV America

Joint Sports Claimants (JSC), a consortium comprised of Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Women’s National Basketball Association, and National Collegiate Athletic Association

Major League Baseball

Motion Picture Association

The National Women’s Law Center

The Wine Group

Time’s Up Now

W.R. Grace & Co.

Work highlights

  • Represented Adobe in a successful eve-of-trial resolution of a copyright case in which Dolby Laboratories claimed damages in the multibillion-dollar damages.
  • Represented a consortium of major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA and NCAA) in litigation, negotiations and multiple federal agency proceedings involving disputes over billions of dollars in copyright royalties paid to retransmit broadcast TV programming pursuant to statutory licenses under the Copyright Act.
  • Served as outside production counsel for ITV America and advised on issues regarding copyright and fair use, defamation and privacy, and newsgathering torts.

Fenwick & West LLP

Based in Los Angeles, Fenwick & West LLP has broad expertise in copyright law in digital domains, including issues related to open source and DMCA safe harbours, as well as fair use and secondary liability. In addition to handling myriad portfolio issues for tech companies, including those in the gaming industry, the team also stands out in high-stakes copyright litigation. Copyright practice chair Jennifer Stanley, who also leads the firm's games industry group, is a name to note for tech transactions and related copyright protection and risk management issues. Copyright litigation co-chair Andrew Bridges has extensive experience at trial and appeals, and David Hayes handles IP counseling matters and litigation for software companies and other new technologies companies. Also recommended is Laurence Pulgram, another name to note for IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Stanley; Andrew Bridges; Laurence Pulgram

Other key lawyers:

David Hayes

Key clients


General Motors






Riot Games

Work highlights

  • Acted pro bono on behalf of Public.Resource.Org regarding long-standing litigation involving important questions having to do with the online publication of safety and other standards.
  • Represented Scopely in its acquisition of FoxNext Games Los Angeles and Cold Iron Studios in San Jose from The Walt Disney Company.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

With teams in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton advises clients on a wide range of matters, including copyright litigation, counseling, licensing and commercial transactions, as well as on portfolio management and prosecution. In this regard, the team has particular strengths in the food and drink, consumer products, technology, retail, and media sectors. Atlanta-based practice co-head James Trigg is recommended for litigation, trademark prosecution, and counseling. In Menlo Park, Joe Petersen jointly heads the practice and is rated for his work on litigation and the management of significant trademark enforcement programs. Also recommended is Dennis Wilson in Los Angeles, who handles copyright matters in the technology and entertainment industries.

Practice head(s):

James Trigg; Joe Petersen

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Wilson

Key clients

Cox Enterprises, Inc./ Cox Media Group

Interface, Inc.

Oxford Industries, Inc. (owner of the Lilly Pulitzer and Tommy Bahama brands)


Work highlights

  • Defended Cox Media Group and related entites in the matter captioned Goldman v. Cox Media Group, LLC.
  • Coordinated with Australian counsel to pursue a copyright textile pattern infringement matter on behalf of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc.

Mayer Brown

The team at Mayer Brown has a strong track record as lead counsel in copyright litigation in both federal and state court, with particular emphasis on representing high-profile media and technology companies regarding major copyright infringement. Indeed, the team has obtained landmark rulings in a litany of media copyright controversies, and continued that trend in 2020 with a significant ruling on behalf of Spotify. Key figures in the New York office include practice head John Mancini and Jacob Ebin, who was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Mancini

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Ebin

Key clients

Spotify Technology AB (Spotify USA Inc.)


LG Electronics

CJ E&M Corporation and CJ E&M America, Inc.

Digital Licensee Coordinator

Television Music License Committee

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory on behalf of Spotify and other music streaming services in the closely watched appeal of a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board rate decision relating to the royalties payable for mechanical rights embedded in digital streaming.
  • Advised Alphabet and YouTube about allegations raised by a filmmaker and producer alleging that they infringed his copyright and moral rights in the film, Strength and Honor.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

The highly regarded copyright team at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP handles copyright matters for clients in the motion picture, television, video, music, video game, and software industries. The group has extensive experience in all types of alternative dispute resolution, but also has a strong track record litigating in federal and state courts. Practice co-head Karin Pagnanelli advises major video game franchises and publishers on significant trademark disputes, while joint practice head Christine Lepera in New York litigates for clients in the music industry. Also recommended are Marc Mayer, who represents music publishers and video game developers in trademark litigation, and Russell Frackman, another name to note for clients in the music industry. Named lawyers are based in Los Angeles unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Karin Pagnanelli; Christine Lepera

Other key lawyers:

Marc Mayer; Russell Frackman

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Austin Richard Post p/k/a Post Malone

Lukasz Gottwald p/k/a “Dr. Luke”

Prescription Songs

Cards Against Humanity

BDG Media

Blue Apron

Work highlights

  • Obtained a reversal of a jury verdict on a motion for judgment as a matter of law for defendants Lukasz Gottwald p/k/a Dr. Luke, multiple song writers, and multiple record companies involving the hit Katy Perry single “Dark Horse”.
  • Obtained dismissal of initial complaint for defendants involving the song, “Paper Chase”, based on deficiencies in failing to identify alleged substantial similarities between the subject compositions.
  • Obtained an appellate ruling from the Second Circuit for affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for defendants based on fair use.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters for clients in the areas of advertising, fashion, media, and artwork. In this space, the team regularly advises on DMCA compliance and fair use and has also litigated in significant copyright infringement class actions. Based in Washington DC, copyright practice leader Karen Butcher is particularly experienced in IP-driven transactions. Other key figures include Kevin Fee, who acts as lead trial counsel in major copyright cases, and in San Francisco, IP litigator John Polito, who advises on copyright claims related to software, mobile devices, and online content. Notably, Nicholas Bolter joined the team in London from Cooley LLP in July 2020, along with other key members of his team working on US-facing IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Karen Butcher; Kevin Fee; John Polito

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Bolter

Key clients

Civeo Corporation


American Society for Testing and Materials d/b/a ASTM International

Nationwide Insurance Company of America

Eileen Grays LLC

Center for Workplace Compliance

International Code Council

International Code Council and American Society of Civil Engineers


Oracle America, Inc. and Oracle International Corporation

Cornershop Technologies, Inc., Cornershop Technologies LLC, and Delivery Technologies US, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory for nonprofit medical research foundation Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research (AMF) against Cochlear in Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v. Cochlear Corp. (C.D. Cal.). As a result of these appellate victories, on June 1, 2020, Cochlear paid the Plaintiffs almost $280m.
  • Represented Oracle in copyright litigation matters, copyright prosecution, and general copyright advice.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The copyright team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has expertise across the full range of high-stakes IP matters, with particular experience in copyright litigation and appeals before the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The team's copyright advisors and litigators are local in several key cities across the US to provide comprehensive service to clients such as major media corporations, newspaper publishers, and record companies. Based in San Francisco, lead director Annette Hurst is highly regarded for her work in copyright litigation, while in Silicon Valley Jared Bobrow co-chairs the IP business unit and is a well-known IP litigator. A name to note in Washington DC is Sten Jensen, who focuses on IP issues in the tech sector and is noted for his experience litigating in the Delaware courts.

Practice head(s):

Annette Hurst; Sten Jensen; Jared Bobrow


‘Annette Hurst is an excellent trial lawyer at the courts and also an excellent team leader of the joint defense group.’

Key clients

Oracle America Inc.

Sports Fans Coalition NY, Inc. & David Goodfriend (aka Locast)

DENSO International America, Inc.

Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Synopsys, Inc.

Joyfun Inc. Co., Ltd. (Sina Corp.)

Cox Communications

Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart

Proskauer Rose LLP

Leveraging an on-the-ground presence on both coasts, the copyright team at Proskauer Rose LLP provides comprehensive advice to multinational corporations on copyright litigation and counseling matters. The team has shown particular strengths in the sports and consumer products sectors, but it also has an impressive client roster in the media and entertainment space, including a number of prominent recording artists. Chair of the IP practice Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks divides time between Los Angeles and New York and leads on litigation and transactional matters in the music and entertainment industries. Alexander Kaplan is based in New York and is recommended for copyright litigation and counseling issues relating to the DMCA.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kaplan


‘Sandy Crawshaw Sparks is the oracle of her field. She makes this practice group! Calming and brilliant. Great leader of her department.’

Key clients

U2, and Paul Hewson (aka “Bono”)

Live Nation Entertainment

BMG Rights Management

The Recording Academy

Hasbro, Inc.

Pryor Cashman LLP

Pryor Cashman LLP handles the full range of copyright-related work, including copyright registration, due diligence regarding copyright assets for M&A, and copyright counseling and litigation. Contacts in New York include IP chair Brad Rose, who has expertise in both copyright litigation and transactional work, and Frank Scibilia, an IP and entertainment litigator, with additional experience advising on licensing, enforcement, and copyright due diligence, primarily relating to digital music issues. Corporate brand owners, musicians, media influencers, art dealers and start-ups are among the team's core clients.

Practice head(s):

Brad Rose

Other key lawyers:

Frank Scibilia


‘The team knows our operation and our business and members complement one another in the service they provide.’

‘Colleen Caden is super-responsive, knowledgable, creative and helpful.’

Key clients

Mechanical Licensing Collective

National Music Publishers Association and Nashville Songwriters Association International

Ricky Martin

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender, and Universal Music Group


Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Lions Gate Entertainment (d/b/a Lionsgate), Netflix, NBCUniversal, and the writers, producers, and director of the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries

Ed Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Atlantic Records and others

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Warner Music, Sony Music/RCA, Atlantic Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, Concord Music and others

Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Known throughout the market for its expertise in litigation, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a strong track record in significant and often high-profile copyright cases acting on behalf of clients in a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, sports, media, and entertainment. Robert Raskopf in New York is highly recommended for handling IP matters at trial and appeal, while in Silicon Valley, Margaret Caruso has broad expertise in complex commercial and IP litigation, with notable strengths in copyright issues facing internet and tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Robert Raskopf; Margret Caruso

Key clients

Bloomberg, L.P. and Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Mercedes Benz USA LLC

Horror Inc. and Manny Company

Charter Communications, Inc.

Vimeo, Inc. (a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp)

Spotify USA Inc.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP focuses exclusively on IP litigation and counseling, with significant work handling copyright infringement cases, DMCA safe harbor compliance, and music licensing disputes. Among its core clients, the team has had repeat engagements representing radio broadcasters and television networks. New York-based practice leader Benjamin Marks advises music streaming companies, social media platforms, ISPs, publishers, and radio and television broadcasters; he has a long track record of advising on high-risk claims regarding fair use doctrine, DMCA, and secondary liability matters. Randi Singer divides time between New York and Silicon Valley, and co-heads the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group; she has also handled major copyright claims for e-commerce and internet-based platforms.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Marks

Other key lawyers:

Rani Singer


‘Responsiveness, excellent communication skills with clients, patience and insight on issues and expertise.’

‘Benjamin Marks is superb on copyright and intellectual property issues and represented our organizations for well over a decade.’

Key clients

Sirius XM Radio

Pandora Media

Alibaba Group

Getty Images

Facebook (including subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus)

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, SAGE Publications

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

North American Concert Promoters Association



Association of American Publishers


Copyright Clearance Center

Hearst Communications

American Folk Art Museum

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Pandora Media, convinced the DC Circuit to vacate in part and remand a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) royalty rate decision in Phonorecords III, a proceeding involving billions of dollars in royalty payments for the on-demand streaming of musical works for the years 2018-2022.
  • Represented Getty Images in its defense, currently on appeal to the Second Circuit, of a summary judgment victory in a case involving copyright infringement and falsification of copyright management information claims, with potential statutory damages exceeding $3bn.
  • Acted on behalf of Alibaba Group to successfully resolved a putative class action filed in California federal court asserting claims for direct and contributory copyright and trademark infringement.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP has a reputation for representing entertainment companies in high-stakes copyright disputes, though the team also acts for digital service providers and significant brands. In particular, the group is noted for its record in litigation and counseling regarding the DMCA and secondary copyright liability. Trial lawyer and practice co-head Michael Elkin splits his time between New York and California and represents clients in Silicon Valley and Hollywood in digital media copyright matters. California-based partner Jennifer Golinveaux is recommended for copyright and trademark litigation for technology companies and ISPs. Another name to note in California is Erin Ranahan, who handles litigation for clients in the media and entertainments sectors. In New York, Thomas Lane is rated for his expertise in DMCA and complex IP liability issues, and is handling a number of pro bono matters involving tensions between IP rights and First Amendment rights.

Practice head(s):

Michael Elkin; Jennifer Golinveaux

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lane; Erin Ranahan

Key clients

Cox Communications

Charter Communications

Global Eagle Entertainment


Bill Graham Archives

Verizon Media

Hasbro, Inc.

PNY Technologies, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc.

Cloudflare, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defended Bill Graham Archives in multiple large-scale copyright infringement lawsuit involving both sound and video recordings.
  • Secured a major win for Office Depot in the Ninth Circuit in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Great Minds, successfully dismissing the suit on the pleadings, without leave to amend.
  • Represented Charter Communications and Bright House Networks LLC in a copyright infringement suits filed by the major US record companies and music publishers.

Arent Fox LLP

Acting for clients in areas of digital music, film, and television, Arent Fox LLP handles the full range of copyright matters, from significant copyright licensing deals to copyright litigation. In particular, the team stands out for its strengths in copyright policy and lobbying work, as well as its familiarity with IP regulation. Based in Washington DC, practice head Anthony Lupo advises high-profile clients in the entertainment and fashion industries on all aspects of copyright law, while Ross Panko is a name to note for copyright litigation. Both work alongside Ricardo Fischer, head of the trademark practice, who is qualified to practice in both the US and Venezuela.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Lupo; Ricardo Fischer

Other key lawyers:

Ross Panko

Key clients

Discovery, Inc.

Boston Dynamics

Spectrum Brands

Stone Castle Partners, LLC

Work highlights

  • Oversaw Discovery, Inc.’s international and domestic trademark and copyright portfolio, including global branding initiatives for each business unit, as well as litigation and licensing activities related to the company’s consumer products.
  • Served as trademark and copyright counsel to Boston Dynamics.
  • Served as IP and strategic counsel to Spectrum Brands.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP advises major publishing companies, professional sports leagues and other clients in areas of television and radio on contentious and non-contentious copyright matters, including copyright infringement claims. Additionally, the group is highly experienced in litigation regarding DMCA protection and digital media on the internet. Mark Tidman chairs the IP group in New York, while in Cleveland, Deborah Wilcox leads the trademark and copyright team and advises clients in the areas of manufacturing, technology, and healthcare. Based in Philadelphia, Chad Rutkowski is highly experienced in copyright-related matters relating to software. The team also handles IP matters relating to fine art, jewelry designs, and software.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tidman; Deborah Wilcox

Other key lawyers:

Chad Rutkowski


‘Kevin Bovard is a true expert in the field. My communications with him are brief and to the point and he bills accordingly. Very easy to work with and always provides options.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

LL’s Magnetic Clay, Inc.

Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia

Showa Glove Co.

State of Georgia

Culligan International Company

Big Lots Stores, Inc.

HSN, Inc.

Evenflo Company, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Favorably settled a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. against Ann Taylor/LOFT related to a lace design brought by Klauber Brothers in the Central District of California and transferred to the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented LL’s Magnetic Clay, Inc. in a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas involving claims of trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and false advertising arising during the highly contentious dissolution of the client’s unwritten distribution agreement with the supplier of a well-known probiotic.
  • Represented the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and individual administrators of Georgia State University (GSU) as co-lead trial counsel in a copyright infringement case involving issues of electronic reserves and fair use in the non-profit educational context.

Davis+Gilbert LLP

Based in New York, Davis+Gilbert LLP is recognized in this space for its advice on domestic and international copyright matters, from litigation to multi-jurisdictional commercial initiatives. The team provides assistance to advertising agencies, marketers, digital media, and content producers, and has an extensive client list in publishing, media, entertainment, tech, and academia. It has also been increasingly active in copyright matters relating to social media posts and graffiti art. Key figures in the team include IP group chair Ronald Urbach; Sara Edelman, who is highly regarded for her work on fashion-related IP matters; IP litigator Guy Cohen, who has expertise in copyright infringement lawsuits; and Ashima Dayal, a name to note for copyright takedowns.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Urbach

Other key lawyers:

Sara Edelman; Guy Cohen; Marc Rachman; Ashima Dayal

Key clients


Gordon Ramsay

International Cosmetics & Perfumes (The House of Creed)

Little Caesars

ZoCo Productions (The Dr. Oz Show)


Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

McKinney Ventures

GrubHub Seamless

Work highlights

  • Advised video game producer, 2K Games, on two contests in 2020 that involved comprehensive copyright, advertising and promotions advice on a global basis.
  • Represent jewelry designer Roxanne Assoulin in copyright and trademark matters, particularly with respect to highly recognizable and colorful enamel stackable bracelets that have garnered extensive media attention and fashion/design industry accolades.


Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles domestic and international copyright disputes and media litigation, more generally, acting for motion picture and television studios, fashion houses and other multinational corporations. Floyd Mandell in Chicago is a contact for copyright-related disputes in the software industry, while New York-based Karen Artz Ash focuses on IP matters in the areas of fashion design and clothing manufacturing. The team in Los Angeles stands out for its strength in the media and entertainment industry, acting for clients such as NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures; Zia Modabber and Joel Weiner are contacts in this space. Brian Sodikoff in Chicago and Terence Ross in Washington DC focus on copyright issues relating to software code.

Practice head(s):

Karen Artz Ash; Floyd Mandell

Other key lawyers:

David Halberstadter; Zia Modabber; Joel Weiner; Brian Sodikoff; Terence Ross

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is recommended in this space for its strength in copyright litigation. The practice group is jointly led from San Francisco by Andrew Gass and Joe Wetzel, both of whom have expertise in music copyright litigation and licensing disputes in the digital music industry. Gass also has additional expertise in matters at the intersection of copyright and antitrust law, while Wetzel is also noted for copyright matters in the software industry. Also recommended is Sy Damle in Washington DC, who plays a key role in copyright-related cases that reach the Supreme Court. In September 2020, Allison Levine Stillman joined the team in New York from Mayer Brown.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gass; Joe Wetzel

Other key lawyers:

Sy Damle; Allison Stillman


‘Latham’s copyright team is simply best-in-class when it comes to understanding the complex landscape of music licensing from the perspective of digital services and other licensees. From top to bottom, the skill set of the four lead partners on that work is unmatched at any other firm.’

‘All four of the partners leading the copyright group — Andy Gass, Joe Wetzel, Sy Damle, and Allison Stillman — are phenomenal. They combine a deep range of expertise across every issue relevant to the digital music industry–from antitrust, to rate-setting, to music licensing laws–and a broad set of skills in both litigation and regulatory work.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, understand complexities of the industry and the law. Is able to discuss in a business friendly way.’

‘Andy Gass is very smart, able to cut through issues easy and able to talk to all levels of executives on any issue Alli Stillman is knowledgable about many facets of the industry and music world and able to provide good perspective.’

‘Very strong practice of young lawyers with their finger on the pulse.’

‘Andy Gass is a high-value partner. Very confident and skilled. Joe Wetzel has a very high knowledge level and expertise in music and copyright.’

‘The copyright practice is unique in their breadth and depth of knowledge related to music copyright law, which is, without a doubt, one of the most unique and idiosyncratic areas of law. Latham’s copyright practice approaches music with a mix of creativity, deep expertise, and firm resolve. They’ve got your back.’

‘I work primarily with Joe Wetzel, who I value for his deep knowledge of music law and his understanding of my business. Being able to marry those concepts together is a unique skill, that I really appreciate.’

‘Joe Wetzel – experienced and knowledgeable. Sy Damle – former GC of copyright office. Very knowledgeable about copyright office regulations and procedure.’

Key clients


Pandora Media

Radio Music License Committee


Digital Licensee Coordinator



Creative Commons

National Association of Broadcasters

Live Nation

Digital Media Association

Johnson & Johnson

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is highly regarded for its experience in copyright litigation. A key figure in the team is Los Angeles-based Michelle Cooke, a 'practical, pragmatic, accessible and responsive' advisor to a number of multinational corporates. Specifically, Cooke is recommended for handling multi-jurisdictional copyright disputes for clients in the financial services, apparel, new media, and entertainment sectors. Clients have also singled out copyright litigator Robert Jacobs, who represents music publishers and performers in litigation in federal and state courts across the US.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Robert Jacobs


‘What makes this practice unique are the people and their competencies. It’s one thing to have both litigation and transactional people at the firm, it’s quite another to have such excellent communication between the two. At Manatt, the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts.’

‘Rob Jacobs is phenomenal. He has the uncanny ability to know exactly how much pressure should be applied to garner the best result for the client. He is an expert handler of clients and matters and knows when it’s time for peace and when it’s time for war. He is that rare litigator that is equally adept at being a wartime and peacetime general.

Jordan Bromley is a fantastic transactional attorney. He practices with great love for his area. His clients love him because his advice is thoughtful, measured and clear.

‘Robert Jacobs and his team are top flight attorneys able to handle complex matters on a reasonable budget and with hands-on guidance.’

‘Robert Jacobs is the glue that holds me to this firm. Without Robert, I wouldn’t use Manatt. He is trustfully and results oriented. ’

‘Thorough, personable, professional and organized team. They understand and accommodate our specific business requirements and are very clear communication regarding legal matters.’

‘Michelle Cooke is practical and pragmatic, accessible and responsive.’

Key clients

Public Media Group of Southern California

Yoobi Trading Corporation Limited

BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Group


UMG Recording

Mount Sinai Health System

LivOn Laboratories, Inc.

EMI April Music

Work highlights

  • Represented PMGSC and its predecessors for over a decade and assisted PMGSC in its evolution from a traditional television station to an active multimedia platform and multi-channel presence.
  • Representing Yoobi Trading Corporation Limited’s brands and expansive portfolio.
  • Lead counsel for EMI April Music in a pair of highly publicized cases in Los Angeles and New York addressing Kanye West’s challenge to the enforceability of the publishing contract based on California’s seven-year rule.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Acting for an impressive roster of clients in the art, music, and film industries, the team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP has a long history of successful copyright litigation. Moreover, the group is noted for its experience advising Silicon Valley companies on copyright law relating to software, database technology, and microcode. The team is lead by Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles, an experienced litigator and chair of the IP and technology practice. Other names to note include David Eberhart in San Francisco, who focuses on copyright matters in the tech industry. In Century City, litigator Matthew Kline has been involved in copyright claims for movie studios, video game developers, and major clothing designers; and Daniel Petrocelli is active in copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

David Eberhart; Matthew Kline; Daniel Petrocelli


‘I know OMM’s intellectual property litigation practice, and especially the work of Dan Petrocelli and Drew Breuder. They are outstanding lawyers. Very strategic and thoughtful. I highly recommend both of them.’

Key clients

24/7 Customer, Inc.

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Fox Group

Global Rights Music LLC

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a series of victories for [24], leaving behind only the remnants of three consolidated cases involving state-of-the-art call center technology.
  • Defended ABC and The Walt Disney Company in a high-profile copyright case against the Estate of Michael Jackson.
  • Represented Global Music Rights, LLC in a first-of-its kind copyright lawsuit involving a Performance Rights Organization.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP covers all areas of IP law, with notable experience representing clients on copyright cases, including copyright class actions, digital media copyright controversies, and royalty rate-setting. Based in New York, Lynn Bayard represents clients in the areas of media, sports, and entertainment, while Jay Cohen, a highly regarded trial lawyer, focuses on IP issues in the media and entertainment sectors. This expertise reflects the strengths of the wider team, which is active in the music, film, and fashion industries, among others.

Practice head(s):

Jay Cohen; Lynn Bayard

Williams & Connolly LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP is known for its extensive litigation and counseling work on behalf of copyright holders, including anti-piracy suits, re-transmission of broadcast television, and infringement claims for motion picture scripts and photographs. Its copyright litigation practice is strongly linked to and integrated into its general commercial litigation practice. In Washington DC, co-chair Thomas Hentoff focuses on IP disputes, complex civil litigation at both trial and appellate levels, and First Amendment and media law. Co-chair Robert Shaughnessy handles a variety of civil litigation, including copyright and trademark matters and product liability. Lisa Blatt is highly regarded for her IP litigation work in front of the Supreme Court. Nicholas Boyle left for Latham & Watkins LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hentoff; Robert Shaughnessy

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Blatt

Key clients

CoStar Group, Inc.

Walt Disney Company

Fox Broadcasting Company


Comcast Corporation

CBS Corporation

Univision Communications

Lynn Goldsmith

Recording Industry Association of America

Work highlights

  • Acted for CoStar Group in securing a judgment for infringement of photographs as well as a permanent injunction.
  • Acted as lead plaintiffs’ counsel in a copyright infringement action in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that the defendants, David Goodfriend and Sports Fans Coalition NY, Inc., are committing massive copyright infringement in operating an unauthorized internet broadcast television retransmission service called Locast.
  • Represented Lynn Goldsmith in an appeal to the Second Circuit challenging the district court’s decision that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. had a fair use defense to Ms. Goldsmith’s claim of copyright infringement.