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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

Challenging UDRP Awards in Courts of Competent Jurisdiction

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is not an exclusive forum for the resolution of domain names accused of cybersquatting even though registration agreements use the word “mandatory” in the event of third-party claims. The UDRP is mandatory only in the sense that respondents are “obliged by virtue of the [registration] agreement to […]

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Reselling Domain Names on the Secondary Market: Bona Fide Offering, or Not?

On the question of reselling domain names on the secondary market, a dissenting panelist in a 2005 case observed that “[t]here is no doubt Respondent is in the business of being a reseller of domain names that consist of common English words” and then suggested that the “fundamental question before the Panel is whether or […]

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Fair Use Registration of Domain Names for Artists and Hobbyists

There is in the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act a provision not expressly found in the UDRP (at least, not in so many words) but the concept is nevertheless present in the Policy by construction. I’ll return to the UDRP in a moment. The relevant provision in the ACPA (15 U.S.C. §1125(d)(1)(B)(ii)) reads: Bad faith intent […]

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