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Engaged Principals at Levine Samuel, LLP

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Levine Samuel, LLP is a boutique law firm located near the United Nations at 800 2nd Avenue, New York City. Our core practice is publishing, copyright, trademark, contract, Internet and domain name law. You will always be working with one of the principals of the Firm. We invite you to read our essays and find out more about us.

Traditional and self publishing authors uncertain about their rights and small businesses considering entering the cyber marketplace are at risk if they do not understand the contracts put before them or the laws applicable to their work.

Nothing is more important than understanding rights and protecting interests. If you are considering engaging counsel to represent or assist you in your publishing endeavors and copyright or advising about cyber issues and trademark we look forward to hearing from you. You expect engaged principals when you retain counsel. This is what we offer at reasonable fees.

Sheila J. Levine can be reached at (212) 866-5353. Gerald M. Levine can be reached at (212) 596-0851. Mr. Levine is also an arbitrator and mediator. His arbitration essays are available here and also republished in Resolution Roundtable the official blog site for the Arbitration Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Sheila J. Levine

Sheila J. Levine

The Role of Investors in Marketing Literary Works

Co-Author Gerald M. Levine Copyright adheres to creative works when they are fixed in tangible mediums of expression for the first time. At the moment of fixation authors own and control their works in every respect, but this is likely to change as rights to works are offered to prospective investors. I am assuming here […]

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Characters As Protectable Assets Do Not Survive Copyright Termination

Co-author Gerald M. Levine Characters as protectable assets do not survive copyright termination of the works in which they appear even though they may continue to live on in works that continue in copyright.  All works published prior to January 1, 1923 are in the public domain, a vast repository of cultural wealth available for […]

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Delay in Suing for Copyright Infringement

Co-author, Gerald M. Levine Delay in suing for copyright infringement is not fatal to a claim for damages. Plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 6-3 decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., decided on May 19, 2014, waited 18 years to bring suit. The majority held that laches cannot be invoked as a bar to […]

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Gerald M. Levine

Gerald M. Levine

Garnishing Domain Names for Unpaid Debts

Initially, in the far distant past, in the mid-1990s, domain names were seen primarily as addresses in cyberspace — much like telephone numbers or postal addresses to which they were analogized — rather than as assets of value in themselves. Realization that domain names were more than addresses came about quickly as one group of […]

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Renewal of Registration of Domain Names Used in Bad Faith

Whether renewal of registration of domain names used in bad faith is actionable is an urgent question for complainants who either acquired their marks later than domain name registration; or if earlier are unable to prove respondents had any knowledge of their marks when the domain names were registered. Under UDRP jurisprudence the consensus view […]

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Proving Knowledge in UDRP Jurisprudence

A defendant’s liability for infringement under trademark law rests on using the mark without the owner’s permission. Knowledge is not an element of proof for registered marks; it is imputed. Constructive notice is a statutory feature of the Lanham Act. Ignorance is not a defense to infringement or cybersquatting. This is not the case under […]

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