What the team is known for Expanding entertainment team renowned for its depth and geographic coverage. Regularly engaged in some of the biggest copyright, licensing and right of publicity disputes affecting the entertainment sector. Clients include major motion picture studios, leading broadcasters, record companies and other corporations and individuals involved in the entertainment sector.
Strengths A source notes: "The lawyers are really smart. They're accessible, they're responsive and they really roll up their sleeves and learn about your business so they can answer questions in the appropriate context."
Another client concurs: "They are just really smart, and fun to work with as well. They are very good about keeping their clients informed and getting client feedback. It was just a great experience."
Work highlights Represented Window to the World Communications in a dispute concerning FilmOn X's entitlement to a compulsory license for the retransmission of broadcast television on the internet under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
Defended rapper Jay Z in a copyright infringement lawsuit concerning his song 'Big Pimpin'.'
Significant clients 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and MGM Studios, Universal Music Group, IMG Entertainment.
Richard Stone is described as "an outstanding litigator" by market commentators. He represents major motion picture studios and broadcasters in high-profile disputes, including appeals. He has successfully handled many of the largest copyright disputes affecting the entertainment sector.
Anthony Basich does "a terrific job" in a wide array of entertainment disputes, including profit participation, antitrust, intellectual property and content ownership disputes. Recently, he assisted Fox Broadcasting Company with its intervention in a dispute challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association's practices for governing the payment of student athletes in order to protect confidential business information.
Andrew Thomas's entertainment practice includes a particular emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He recently represented Universal Studios in a dispute with former NASA engineer Homer Hickam relating to the movie 'October Sky,' which Hickman claims breaches his right of publicity.
Daniel Rozansky frequently handles intellectual property disputes on behalf of content creators and owners. His additional areas of expertise include antitrust, accounting, right of publicity and First Amendment litigation. He also provides pre-broadcast and litigation-avoidance counsel to television and film writers and producers.