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We were one of the first law firms to advise on information technology and digital media issues, and today we continue to advise digital media and other technology and non-technology businesses on IP, content, licensing, compliance, advertising, finance, M&A, and other areas.
Our firm has represented many of the leading companies in digital and online media and software since 1985. We’ve helped pioneering companies like Prodigy and About.com structure and establish their business models and strategies for handling intellectual property and legal liability. We negotiated some of the first AOL Greenhouse deals, and represented the company that developed today’s voice over Internet protocol (VOIP). We have advised Internet companies from the idea stage through financing rounds and ultimate sale. Today, we continue as leaders in technology law, advising entrepreneurs, technology and non-technology businesses, software developers, game developers, publishers, consumer products companies, and others.
Our Technology, Digital Media & Privacy Group provides clients with the following services:
We help clients set up corporations, LLC’s, and other legal entities, structure initial capitalization, and prepare, review, and negotiate agreements that serve company goals.
We advise clients seeking to raise capital through private placements, angel and venture financing, and other equity and debt financing sources.
We advise on mergers, acquisitions, and sales.
Exploit Intellectual Property
We advise clients about protecting and exploiting their intellectual property, including digital, interactive, and user-generated content, software, game concepts, databases, copyrights, trademarks, publicity rights, and other rights in all media.
License, Use, and Own Content Online
We advise clients on the proper use and ownership of online content.
Protect Domain Names and Trademarks
We advise clients regarding selection and registration of domain names, and we help file trademark applications and win domain name disputes.
Comply with Regulatory Requirements
Working with our Privacy & Data Security group, we help clients comply with CAN-SPAM, COPPA, CDA , DMCA, Gramm-Leach-Blilley, and other US and international laws.
Safeguard Customer Information
Working with our Privacy & Digital Security group, We create and implement privacy policies that maintain the confidentiality of personal customer information, and help clients avoid liability for illegally transferring or acquiring customer information.
Our attorneys are members of the New York Technology Council, the New York State Bar Association's Special Committee on Cyberspace Law, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the New Media Group of the National Television Academy. We are proud to teach courses at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and have been quoted in The New York Times, The Daily Deal, CIO Magazine, World eBusiness Law Report, Media Bistro, Media Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine. We have contributed chapters to Buying Web Services: The Survival Guide to Outsourcing; and The Web and New Media Pricing Guide.