CDAS Attorney Doug Jacobs will be speaking at this year’s “CFX Live”, on March 25th, at 2:50. CFX Live is a conference hosted by CableFax with a central focus on the Television industry. Doug will be focusing his discussion on the topic of “over the top” (“OTT”) content distribution, and the relevant business and legal issues that must be addressed both short and long term. To learn more about this event, be sure to click here.
Following today’s earlier announcement that Former General Counsel of A&E, Doug Jacobs, was joining the firm as a Partner, Mr. Jacobs had an opportunity to speak with Jon Lafayette, Business Editor at Broadcasting & Cable, about the transition. Mr. Jacobs touched upon the current state of the Television Business, as well as the future of the business as it relates to new technology and developments.
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Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) is proud to announce that Doug Jacobs, recently Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel of A&E Television Networks, has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. Mr. Jacobs’ practice will primarily focus on matters involving the cable television industry and the evolving digital media universe, building on his almost 20 years as general counsel at several major cable networks.
Recently, CDAS Partner Nancy Wolff hosted a webinar for the Digital Media Licensing Association which answered common questions about when you need releases when using visual images. The webinar is now available online for free, and is a useful resource for anyone publishing or displaying still or motion images and wondering whether permissions are needed from the subjects or property owners depicted in the content. The webinar footage can be found here.
CDAS Partner Eleanor M. Lackman will be participating in this PLI’s IP Issues in Business Transactions, which is scheduled for January 12-13, 2015. The event provides attendees with an in-depth understanding of the special considerations attached with Intellectual Property issues, while exploring the strategic role of IP in a company.
Ms. Lackman will be returning to the event as a faculty member, and will be speaking on a panel titled “Critical License Terms: A Clause by Clause Review”. More information regarding the event can be found here.
Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) is proud to announce that The Authors Guild has hired Mary Rasenberger to succeed Paul Aiken as executive director, on November 3. Currently a partner at CDAS, Ms. Rasenberger recently was director of the Library of Congress’s National Digital Preservation Program from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that spend 4 years at the Copyright Office as policy planning advisor and then senior advisor for public policy.
Guild president Roxana Robinson says in the announcement: “Mary brings with her exactly what the Guild needs today. She’s a proven leader, a brilliant copyright lawyer and–especially important to us–a devotee of the written word.” Nancy E. Wolff, a partner at the firm, said “I’m pleased that Mary will be taking a leadership role at the Author’s Guild; she is perfect for the position, as a strong advocate of author’s rights.”
Fourteen Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers, spanning various practice areas including Entertainment & Sports, Media & Advertising, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Non-Profit Organizations and Business & Corporate Law. Each year, only five percent of Manhattan attorneys receive the honor of being named a Super Lawyer. CDAS congratulates attorneys Frederick P. Bimbler, Susan H. Bodine, Timothy J. DeBaets, Robert I. Freedman, Eleanor M. Lackman, Mary E. Rasenberger, Steven R. Masur and Nancy E. Wolff on their selection as “Super Lawyers”, as well as Marc H. Simon, David E. Ashley, Michael J. Zussman, Joshua S. Wolkoff, Scott J. Sholder, and David J. Mazur, who were named in the ‘Rising Stars’ category.
The U.S Copyright Office today released a draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, marking the first major revision to the document in more than two decades. CDAS partner Mary E. Rasenberger acted as project director for the creation of the document, and was responsible for developing and managing the entirety of the draft.
CDAS Partner Kenneth N. Swezey will participate in PLI’s Intellectual Property Institute of 2014 scheduled for September 15-16. Kenneth will discuss Copyright Termination, focusing on joint works, work for hire pre-1978, loan-out corporations, and spec scripts and the Superman cases. See the full schedule and register to attend here.
On Thursday July 24th, Nancy E. Wolff testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet regarding the Subcommittee’s review of the Copyright Act. In particular, Nancy spoke on Congress’s upcoming decision to reconsider remedies for copyright infringement and the potential for setting up new processes to handle copyright claims. Nancy spoke on behalf of a number of visual arts trade associations, including PACA, Digital Media Licensing Association (“PACA”), American Society of Media Photographers (“ASMP”), National Press Photographers Association (“NPPA”), Graphic Artists Guild (“GAG”), North American Nature Photography Association (“NANPA”) and the Professional Photographers of America (“PPA”), detailing the current state of copyright remedies, and explaining the potential benefits of establishing a Copyright Small Claims Court.