Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law
Wolf Haldenstein has distinguished itself by providing business-oriented, novel and cutting-edge representation to clients ranging from renowned authors, screenwriters, producers, and directors to emerging artists in the music, film and publishing industries. The Firm’s Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property practice lawyers are highly skilled litigators and trained accountants who have successfully represented the entertainment industry and its artists, producers and writers in a wide variety of matters, including copyright, trademark and unfair competition disputes, the acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights, royalty and licensing audits and disputes, film rights offerings and options, contract negotiations, production agreements and unlawful use of clients’ names and likenesses.
Wolf Haldenstein put itself at the forefront of trailblazing entertainment jurisprudence by initiating the first class action over a disputed copyright, Good Morning To You Productions Corp. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., No. CV 13-04460-GHK (MRWx) (C.D. Cal.), successfully challenging the copyright claimed on Happy Birthday to You, the world’s most famous song. The Firm received worldwide acclaim for its groundbreaking work in the Happy Birthday litigation returning the song to the public domain. Global media such as USA Today, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, NBC News, CBS Nightly News, and even The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon celebrated the results achieved by the Firm.
Wolf Haldenstein is presently litigating another historic copyright class action, We Shall Overcome Foundation v. The Richmond Organization, Inc. (TRO Inc.), et al., No. CV 16-2725-DLC (S.D.N.Y.), challenging the copyright claimed on We Shall Overcome, which the Library of Congress has called “the most powerful song in United States history.”
The Firm’s Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property team is comprised of highly trained attorneys with complex class action, jury trial, accounting, and auditing experience who are supported by lawyers in all practice areas, including Commercial and Business Litigation, Tax, Antitrust, Securities, and Complex Class Actions.