RPL Hosts American Book Producers Association Luncheon on Risk and Exposure

Last week, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP hosted the American Book Producers Association for a discussion titled Risk and Exposure for Book Producers: Legal Issues, Relevant Trends and Remedies. Helen D. “Heidi” Reavis, Reavis Parent Lehrer Managing Partner and Principal, Nicole Page, Partner and Head of Reavis Parent Lehrer’s Entertainment Group and Mark H. Moore, Partner in Reavis Parent Lehrer’s Litigation Group, led an in-depth exploration of the legal issues book producers often face, including product…

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Would the Second Circuit Have Ruled Differently in the Maltz Canadian Copyright Case? Insights from Reavis Parent Lehrer Associate Allison “Ally” M. Grein

After discovering her grandfather’s diary, written in the Holocaust-era village of Sokal (formerly in Poland, now considered part of Ukraine), Israeli-American documentarian Judy Maltz traveled to an address recorded in the diary—the home of Francizska Halamajowa, a woman who offered safe haven to Maltz’ grandfather, three Jewish families and a German soldier who defected.  Maltz interviewed living survivors and their descendants, conducting a great deal of original research to learn more about…

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RPL Partner Larry Brocchini Provides Overview of Landmark Federal Trade Secrets Act

Recently, Congress enacted, and President Obama signed, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), the first comprehensive federal trade secrets legislation.  This landmark legislation provides a federal civil remedy for the misappropriation of trade secrets, thereby allowing trade secret owners to protect their innovations and seek redress in federal court—as owners of copyrights, patents and trademarks have already been able to—when violations of their rights occur. Unlike other types…

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Recent Ruling Extending DMCA Safe Harbor Protections to Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently handed down a critical copyright decision for online service providers such as defendant, Vimeo LLC, that operate websites on which members can post videos of their own creation, which are then accessible to the public at large.  That ruling extends a safe harbor protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”) to pre-1972 sound recordings posted on sites…

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RPL Partner Larry Brocchini Discusses Recent Ruling for Madonna on “De Minimis” Copyright Sampling in “Vogue”

Recently, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a copyright decision in favor of the pop star Madonna.  The plaintiff, VMG Salsoul, LLC, alleged that Madonna and producer Shep Pettibone improperly copied a 0.23 second segment of horn hits from Salsoul’s song Love Break and used a modified version of that snippet when recording their 1990s hit song Vogue. The Court found that Vogue’s use of…

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RPL Hosts International Trademark Association Roundtable on International Trademark Registration

RPL Partner Deena R. Merlen, Special Counsel Dara L. Onofrio and Associate Allison (“Ally”) M. Grein will moderate an International Trademark Association (INTA) Roundtable titled, “Navigating the IR Waters So You Don’t Drown” on Friday, June 24, 2016 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Stamford Innovation Center at 175 Atlantic Street in Stamford, Connecticut. Join Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP to discuss and learn about WIPO vs. national registration, international trademarks…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page to Speak at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto

May 3, 2016, New York, NY — RPL Partner Nicole Page will be attending the 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. She will be co-leading “Hot Docs Workshop: Decoding Contracts” on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with attorney Jordan Nahmias. Participants will benefit from Ms. Page’s broad expertise and learn how to “decode contract lingo” as well as learn about key terms and legal tips. In addition learning how to navigate contract terrain, Ms. Page will…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Tackles Fair Use in Webinar Hosted by Women Make Movies

On June 11, 2015 RPL Partner Nicole Page hosted a webinar for Women Make Movies titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Fair Use But Were Afraid to Ask“. In this webinar, Nicole delved into the crucial matter of understanding fair use and its relationship to copyright law. In discussing the legal nuances of fair use, Nicole provided real world examples of when and how filmmakers can rely on fair…

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RPL Attorney Niki Cubides Leads NYWIFT Workshop: Distribution Deal Points Unraveled

On May 12, 2015, RPL attorney Nicole D. “Niki” Cubides co-led a workshop for New York Women in Film & Television titled “Distribution Deal Points Unraveled” aimed at helping filmmakers navigate the major deal points of a distribution agreement. In this discussion, Niki covered topics including the “optimal” grant of rights, territorial rights issues, customary payment models, delivery and E&O expectations and other common “asks” by the distributor. She also…

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