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Engaged Principals at Levine Samuel, LLP

Welcome to our  website. You can reach us by phone at (212) 596-0851

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. Your matters will always receive our personal attention. We invite you to read our essays and find out more about us. We represent authors, 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. 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

Celebrating 305 Years of Statutory Copyright Law

Gerald M. Levine, Co-author Rights in Literary Property The United States Copyright Office and many people on social media, particularly on Twitter, have been celebrating the enactment of the first national copyright act in this country that President Washington signed into law on May 31, 1790. The 1790 Act was largely adopted from an earlier […]


The Role of Investors in Marketing Literary Works

The following article first appeared in Independent Publisher. The full text can also be read in full below. 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 […]


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 […]


Gerald M. Levine

Gerald M. Levine

Safe Harbor for Service Providers

This article was published by the New York Law Journal, September 30, 2015, which is the largest registrar in the US with over 60 million domain names under management, has been the prevailing defendant in two major lawsuits under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), Petroliam Nasional Berhad decided in 2013 and Academy of […]


Competing for Domain Names: Registrants vs Trademark Owners

This article first appeared in Industry Today (9/16/2015) Domain names exist solely on the Internet. They are primarily functional elements. Trademarks exist in actual as well as virtual marketplaces. They too are functional when they act as domain names but they have an additional dimension. And therein lie opportunities for infringement of rights and deceptions […]


Prominent Business Persons and Domain Names

When it comes to personal names what is protected is frequently misunderstood. There is no right to own the domain name corresponding to one’s own name unless the name has acquired distinctiveness by being in the market and is recognized by consumers as a source of goods or services. The “Lidia” in LGMB Holding LLC […]






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