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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

Trademarks and Domain Names Composed of Common Terms

The lexical material from which trademarks are formed is drawn from the same social and cultural resources available to everyone else, which includes domain name registrants. Since trademarks are essentially a form of communication it is unsurprising that a good number of them are composed of common terms (dictionary words , descriptive phrases, and shared […]

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Sanctionable Conduct for Abusing the UDRP Process

To claim a superior right to a string of characters mark owners must (first) have priority (unregistered or registered) in using the mark in commerce; and secondly, have a mark strong enough to rebut any counter argument of registrant’s right or legitimate interest in the string. A steady (albeit small) number of owners continue to […]

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Diversity of View or Unacceptable Inconsistency in the Application of UDRP Law

The general run of UDRP decisions are unremarkable. At their least they are primarily instructive in establishing the metes and bounds of lawful registration of domain names.  A few decisions stand out for their acuity of reasoning and a few others for their lack of it. The latest candidate of the latter class is NSK […]

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