Copyright

Representative Experience

  • Counseled client in the television industry regarding trademarks, copyrights, and brand protection.
  • Performed copyright clearance work for nationwide quick-service restaurant chain, for use of musical works at seminars, in marketing and advertising materials, in training materials, and in special events. The clearance work included, but was not limited to, negotiation of license agreements with major public performance organizations, as well as drafting and negotiation of licenses for specific works with rights owners.
  • Acted as intellectual property counsel to the host of an AM radio show.  The representation included drafting and review of a radio talent and studio use agreement, providing intellectual property advice on the development of content for the radio show, prosecution of trademark and copyright applications covering content created for the show, and drafting model and photograph releases for use with third parties appearing on the radio show.
  • Successfully defended a record label against claims of infringement relating to a “rap” recording.
  • Successfully represented a major software provider as plaintiff in a case involving trademark infringement and software piracy. Judgments obtained against defendants.
  • Through litigation, successfully “reacquired” a Southern Rock songwriter’s copyrights in his compositions.
  • The first lawyer to bring an action under the Copyright Act and the Georgia Uniform Trade Secrets Act for computer software misappropriation, copyright infringement and related claims. Judgment obtained against all defendants, including chief executive of corporate defendant.
  • Serving as general copyright, intellectual property, licensing and contract counsel to a Grammy Award-winning independent record label.
  • Supported the representation of Element K Corporation in an asset purchase valued at more than $110M. Acted as intellectual property counsel for the deal, which involved conducting due diligence on more than 1,400 copyright registrations owned by the client, and  clearing title in and to these registrations in preparation for assignment to the new owner as part of the transaction.
  • Represented Atlanta-based puppet theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, in clearing rights in and to copyright-protected musical works for use in various original puppet shows created by and performed at the theatre.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a consumer products company in its trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against an international counterfeiter. Conducted an ex parte seizure of counterfeit goods stored at a warehouse with the assistance of U.S. Marshals.