Law360, New York (May 9, 2016, 11:07 AM ET) —
In August of last year, a Sixth Circuit judge wrote in a dissenting opinion: “It is apparent that either Congress or the Supreme Court (or both) must clarify copyright law with respect to garment design. The law in this area is a mess — and it has been for a long time.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the invitation to clarify the law, by granting certiorari in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc. Star Athletica concerns whether the designs on cheerleading uniforms can be subject to copyright protection, but the impact of the ruling is likely to spread well beyond uniforms — perhaps beyond garment design to other everyday useful articles.
Read in full here: Give Me a ‘C’ (In A Circle): Cheerleader Uniforms At High Court
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has recognized Susan H. Bodine, partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Entertainment Practice as a “Power Lawyer” in its 10th annual issue revealing the most influential entertainment attorneys in America.
Sue is noted for her work this year on the Roots reboot for A+E Networks, helping structure the miniseries’ financing and inking talent pacts, her representation of Netflix’s Narcos creator and director, Jose Pahdila, as well as her representation of Amazon Studios, locking agreements to begin photography on Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck in May.
The Power Lawyers issue spotlights the Top 100 attorneys behind the year’s biggest deals, major litigation and other areas of entertainment, as determined by THR editors. To read more and view the complete list, click here.
Partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Entertainment Practice Group, Susan H. Bodine was recognized in Variety magazine’s “2016 Legal Impact Report.” The annual list includes the top entertainment attorneys that have made a significant impact on the industry over the past twelve months.
Sue’s work with “Narcos’” Jose Padilha, including on-going negotiations of a deal with Netflix’s Local Originals Group for him to write, executive-produce and direct a six-part Brazilian series was highlighted in her profile. To read more and view the complete list, click here.
Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP attorney Eleanor M. Lackman has been named a Law360 Rising Star. A Partner at the firm, Ms. Lackman is among one of 179 attorneys included in the full list and one of only 5 attorneys recognized for their dedicated work in the practice area of Media and Entertainment.
Law360’s “Rising Stars” recognition is reserved for top legal talent under 40 years of age and “whose legal accomplishments belie their age.” After carefully reviewing more than 1,100 submissions for the Rising Star distinction, Law360’s team of editors arrived at the list of attorneys under 40 hailing from 87 law firms and spanning 32 practice areas.
Ms. Lackman’s full Law360 Rising Stars profile will be published in the coming weeks.
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce that Scott J. Sholder has become a Partner of the Firm
Scott J. Sholder is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. Scott represents individuals and companies in the entertainment, traditional and digital media, sports, and consumer products industries. His practice focuses on matters involving copyrights, trademarks, the right of publicity, and contractual and business disputes.
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP Partner, Eleanor M. Lackman, and Associate, Joshua Wolkoff, have been appointed to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the 2016-17 term.
Ms. Lackman will serve on the International Amicus Committee. The committee provides expertise concerning trademark and other IP-related laws to courts and trademark offices around the world through the submission of amicus curiae briefs or similar filings.
Mr. Wolkoff will serve on the Young Practitioners Committee. The committee develops services and programs specifically designed for young practitioners who wish to advance their careers in the trademark field.
Inside Counsel’s Senior Editor & Community Manager, Rich Steeves, published a five-part series titled “Where Former Entertainment GCs Go Next” last week, which was prominently featured on the Inside Counsel website.
The series, which discussed the so called “third act” for successful general counsel, provided a comprehensive profile of CDAS and the services the firm provides to clients, while also discussing the appeal the firm has had for former GCs in their transition to a new environment.
CDAS Partners Aileen Atkins, Frederick Bimbler, Douglas Jacobs, Eleanor Lackman, Marc Simon and Stephen Sheppard were interviewed for the series. You can find a link to each part of the series below.
PART 1: http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/04/27/third-act-where-former-entertainment-gcs-go-next-p
PART 2: http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/04/28/third-act-where-former-entertainment-gcs-go-next-p
PART 3: http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/04/29/third-act-where-former-entertainment-gcs-go-next-p
PART 4: http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/04/30/third-act-where-former-entertainment-gcs-go-next-p
PART 5: http://www.insidecounsel.com/2015/05/01/third-act-where-former-entertainment-gcs-go-next-p
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.
You can find the full article here.
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.