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Engaged Principals at Levine Samuel, LLP

Welcome to our  website, but please be aware it does not constitute legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is established by reading or leaving comments.

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

Authors and Domain Names: Claiming Rights to Personal Names, Characters and Titles

Optimally, authors should own their personal names or pseudonyms, book titles and characters but when it comes to purchasing domain names corresponding to them they may discover that someone has beaten them to the registrar. There are no gatekeepers for registering domain names, which means that anyone, anywhere in the world can register a domain […]

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Getting it Wrong: Split Decision for

The Easy Group Limited which owns a family of marks with the prefix “easy” has been complainant in a good number of UDRP proceedings. It mostly prevails against domain name holders who connect “easy” with qualifiers that suggest travel, such as <easytrain>,<myeasyjet>, <easyjetcharters>, <easystelios.com> (Stelios is a licensee of Easy Group) or typosquatting <easyjert>, <easyhote.com> […]

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Mediation, the Talking Cure

This article was published March 2, 2015 by Industry Today. The origin of disputes is friction: “the resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another.” Unless taken in hand there is a sure progression from festering sore to outright conflagration.Medical metaphors are particularly apt to  describe the process of injury and healing, […]

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