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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, NY 10017. Our core belief is listening to our clients and working with them through their issues. We focus on publishing, copyright, contracts, trademark, Internet, and domain name law. Gerald M. Levine is a commercial and intellectual property litigator,an arbitrator, and mediator. Sheila J. Levine is a publishing attorney. You will always be working with one of the principals of the Firm. Your matters will always receive our personal attention. We invite you to read our essays and find out more about us. We represent agented and unagented authors, literary agents, Internet entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, and individuals,

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. Our services include copyright and trademark reviews and registrations.

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. He is the author of numerous articles published in law journals and republished in online publications such as CircleID and 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 and Copyright Protection

Gerald M. Levine, co-author It would be unusual in a work of any genre for every part to be protected by copyright law even though the whole work bears the symbol ©. Only when an infringement is alleged and challenged does it become apparent that the phrase “original works of authorship” (Section 102(a) of the […]

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Fair Contracts for Authors

Gerald M. Levine, co-author In May 2015, the Authors Guild announced its Fair Contract Initiative, and more recently the Internatioanl Authors Forum presented “Ten Principles for Fair Contracts.” Both highlight the same ” standard” contract terms. These include length of license, fair royalties on e-books . . . . Continue reading Column from Publishers Weekly […]

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Derivative Works: Who Owns What?

Courts have recently been busy dealing with the puzzling concepts of derivative works, fair use, and transformation. “Transformation” is the underlying principle of derivative works created either by the author or licensees with the author’s permission; or created without the author’s permission legally under the fair use doctrine. There are two sets of rights granted […]

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Gerald M. Levine

Gerald M. Levine

Strategic Use of Screenshots from the Wayback Machine

Internet Archive contains a vast library of screenshots of websites that its Wayback Machine captures sporadically over the course of domain names’ histories. While it doesn’t compile daily images it opens a sufficient window to past use which is unique, invaluable, and free. (There are also subscription services, but they come at a hefty cost!). […]

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Earlier Registered Domain Names, Later Acquired Trademarks

The Rise of Cyber-Entrepreneurs Trademarks have a long history; domain names are of recent origin. Trademarks were “invented” to “identify and distinguish [one person’s] goods . . . from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods. Domain names are merely function elements “invented” to identify and link locations […]

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Proving Common Law Rights Predating Domain Name Registration

The trademark rights required for standing under paragraph 4(a)(i) of the UDRP refer to both registered and unregistered rights. Complainants with registered trademarks satisfy the requirement by submitting their certificates of registration. However, and not surprisingly, complainants with unregistered trademarks have to demonstrate that the alleged marks qualify as such, which requires that complainants prove […]

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