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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

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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Responding to Copyright Infringement

Co-author, Gerald M. Levine 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 pursuing a claim for infringement damages brought within a backward-looking three-year statute of limitations […]

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Internet Subscription Libraries

Co-author, Gerald M. Levine New Internet subscription libraries are offering to “lend” digital books based on subscription models that brick and mortar lending libraries in England invented in the 19th Century.  For $X dollars per time period subscribers gain access to vast collections of backlist and self-published books at less cost and with none of […]

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Gerald M. Levine

Gerald M. Levine

Registering Trademark Without First Obtaining Corresponding Domain Name

Complainant who registers a  trademarks without first obtaining corresponding domain name has no actionable claim against respondent already holding that domain name, at least under the UDRP as traditionally applied. What is meant by “traditional” is that complainant has to prove bad faith in the conjunctive. Yet, despite this obvious truth that trademark rights have […]

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Choice of Law: Characterization of Facts Determines the Outcome

Published on the Resolution Roundtable Blog, sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association, October 7, 2014. Although there may be no disagreement about the facts, what law applies often depends on how the facts are characterized. An illustration of how characterization of facts determine the outcome is seen in […]

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No Consensus for Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

There is no consensus for reverse domain name hijacking; rather, there is a diversity of views about the conduct that would support it. Rule 15(e) authorizes the Panel “to declare in its decision that the complaint was brought in bad faith and constitutes an abuse of the administrative proceeding … [i]f after considering the submissions […]

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The contents of these essays are intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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