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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, NY 10017 focusing principally on publishing-related matters and Intellectual Property (copyright, trademarks, Internet, domain names and cybersquatting and cyberpiracy issues).

Sheila J. Levine is a publishing attorney with deep experience in the publishing industry. Her legal services include reviewing and negotiating publishing contracts, representing clients as a consulting publishing attorney for book projects, counseling on copyright issues, and reading manuscripts for invasion of privacy and defamation, . She is co-author of numerous blogs on publishing, contract and copyright law on this website.

Gerald M. Levine is a commercial and intellectual property litigator, arbitrator and mediator and  consulting attorney on matters relating to intellectual property rights management, trademarks, domain names, & cybersquatting. He is the author of a treatise on trademarks, domain names & cybersquatting (2015); Second Edition scheduled for publication December 2018. He has published widely in print and online magazines and journals.

We believe that attorneys should listen carefully to their clients’ issues and offer reasoned counsel and advice. You will always be working with one of the principals of the Firm and 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, publishers, Internet entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, and individuals.

Nothing is more important than understanding rights and protecting interests. 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. 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.

Gerald is the author of numerous articles on Internet and domain names, real estate and environmental topics and copyright and contracts and the author of a well-received treatise on trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting. Commentaries on cybersquatting that originally appeared on udrpcommentaries.com are now incorporated in this website as are Blogs jointly authored with Sheila on publishing law, contracts and copyright.  Other Blog publications: he contributes to Resolution Roundtable, New York State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. A full list of publications is available at http://www.iplegalcorner.com/resume/. His essays on trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting are republished on circleid.com. Gerald and Sheila are co-authors of Blogs that originally appeared on legalcornerforauthors.com (copyright and contract law for authors). They, also, are now incorporated in this website.

Sheila J. Levine can be reached at (212) 866-5353. Gerald M. Levine can be reached at (212) 596-0851.

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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

Combinations of Dictionary Words in Domain Names: Common vs. Distinctive Phrases

The lexicon of domain names consists of letters, words, numbers, dots, and dashes. When the characters correspond in whole (identical) or in part (confusingly similar) to trademarks or service marks and their registrations postdate the first use of marks in commerce registrants become challengeable under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) as cybersquatters. […]

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Examiners’ Views of URS Procedure and Rules

Introduction The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is one of three rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented in 2013 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to protect rights holders from abusive registration of domain names with new gTLD extensions. ICANN states on its website that the URS “complements the existing Uniform Domain […]

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Opting for UDRP Over URS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) implemented the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) in 2013 together with three other rights protection mechanisms for trademarks. It “is not intended for use in any proceedings with open questions of fact, but only clear cases of trademark abuse” (URS Procedure 8.5). It was designed to […]

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