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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Gerald M. Levine

Gerald M. Levine

The Importance of Protecting Credibility: Claiming and Rebutting Cybersquatting

The UDRP is an online dispute resolution regime. While panelists technically have discretion under Rule 13 to hold in-person hearings if they “determine[ ] . . .  and as an exceptional matter, that such a hearing is necessary for deciding the complaint” no in-person hearing has ever been held. Rule 13 exists to be ignored. […]


Supplementing the Record in UDRP Proceedings; When Acceptable?

The UDRP limits parties’ submissions to complaints and responses; accepting “further statements or documents” is discretionary with the Panel (Rule 12, Procedural Orders), although the Forum (in Supplemental Rule 7) but not WIPO provides for supplementing the record with the proviso that “[a]dditional submissions must not amend the Complaint or Response.” For some panelists, Rule […]


Noncommercial and Fair Use in Rebutting Claims for Abusive Registration of Domain Names

The UDRP lists three nonexclusive circumstances for rebutting lack of rights or legitimate interests in domain names, which if successful also concludes the issue of abusive registration in respondent’s favor. The third circumstance is “you are making a legitimate noncommercial or fair use of the domain name without intent for commercial gain to misleadingly divert […]






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

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