- areas of expertise
Our Publishing Group is well known not only for its legal expertise, but also for helping clients exploit ancillary revenue opportunities in nontraditional formats. We are at the forefront of the development and defense of digital rights, and the ever-evolving areas of parody, fair use, and other issues at the intersection of the First Amendment and Copyright law.
We represent best-selling authors, award-winning journalists and bloggers, and influential magazine, newspaper, online, and fiction and academic book publishers. We also work with literary agents, book packagers, editors, and other individual publishing executives.
We negotiate publishing agreements with all the major American book publishers and many foreign publishers.
We are actively advising publishing clients in eBook and multimedia ventures, helping evolve the new agreements and licenses that properly address ownership, payment, credits, approvals, subsidiary rights, and other critical matters.
We negotiate a wide range of ancillary rights agreements to lock in innovative revenue streams, including book-to-movie, book-to-video, book-to-audio, book-to-game, and other licensing and merchandising opportunities.
We review manuscripts for libel and other potential claims, and recommend edits that reduce or eliminate risk.
We offer strategic counseling to authors of fiction and nonfiction works on the best ways to exploit the rights they retain and control including exercising termination rights under US Copyright Law.
Libel and IP Defense
We defend libel and right of publicity claims, and have had great success disposing of these suits efficiently and economically; we also protect copyrights, trademarks, and other author-brand assets against infringement and unfair competition.
We identify opportunities for best-selling authors to enhance their brands, and help structure entrepreneurial joint ventures and other business arrangements.
We help clients navigate U.S. and international publishing laws -- including advertising and marketing regulations.
We use our relationships and knowledge of business practices to negotiate advantageous executive employment agreements.
We negotiate and structure publishing M&A deals.
Our attorneys participate in many of the major industry trade associations, including the Association of American Publishers, the Magazine Publishers of America, the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Women’s National Book Association, Women in Publishing, the New York City Bar (Communications, and Copyright and Literary Property Committees), the ABA Section on Patent, Trademark, and Copyright law, and the International Trademark Association.