345 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation
Barry Slotnick is a nationally recognized copyright and trademark litigator who has represented clients in the entertainment, advertising, licensing and merchandising industries in courts throughout the United States.
His clients have included entertainment companies such as SONY/ATV Music Publishing, Bertelsmann, EMI Music, Peer Music, Rainbow Media, Broadcast Music Inc., Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Spirit Music, The Harry Fox Agency and the National Music Publishers' Association. He also has represented artists and creators such as the Allman Bros. Band, Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Billy Squier, Queensryche, Gian Marco, David Guetta and the J.R.R. Tolkien Estate. His representation includes companies such as Anheuser-Busch, CKx, Dell Computers, DDB Worldwide, Eveready Battery, Motorola, Toyota and Harley Davidson.
Mr. Slotnick has litigated scores of copyright and trademark infringement cases as well as numerous matters in the entertainment industry addressing the respective rights of copyright and trademark owners and users, including numerous cases involving rights of privacy and publicity.
As a frequent speaker, Mr. Slotnick regularly contributes on copyright and entertainment issues for the Practicing Law Institute and other industry groups.
Successful representation of Anheuser-Busch and DDB in action brought by BattleBots Inc. for copyright and trade dress infringement based upon a Super Bowl commercial for Bud Light; case disposed of on summary judgment
Successful defense of Peer Music in copyright claim brought by heirs of former Peer writer claiming breach of contract and copyright infringement; trial Court decision upheld on appeal to First Circuit Court of Appeals (Venegas v. Peer)
Successful defense of Rainbow Media in copyright infringement action in U.S.D.C. Massachusetts
Successful representation of BMI, EMI and Peer Music in case covering hundreds of musical compositions claimed by other publishers and performing rights organizations (Peer v. Lamco)
Successful representation of BMG Records in action against P2P file sharing service (A&M Records v. Napster)
Representation of RIAA as Amicus Curiae in New York State Court of Appeals confirming rights of record companies in master recordings not protected by copyright
Representation of independent on line record distributors as Amicus Curiae in In re Grokster
Representation of numerous merchandisers and licensing rights holders in ex parte seizure of bootleg merchandise at concert venues throughout the U.S.
- Speaker, South by Southwest® Conference (March 8-17, 2013)
- Speaker, Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2012 (October 18-19, 2012)
- Speaker, MLRC/NAA/NAB 2012 Media Law Conference (September 12-14, 2012)
- Moderator, 12th Annual Digital Music Forum: East (February 22-23, 2012)
- Co-author, Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis, Law Journal Press (2011)
- Speaker, CMJ 6th Annual Entertainment Business Law Seminar, New York, New York (October 21, 2011)
- Speaker, NYSBA: The DMCA Safe Harbor: Anchored or Adrift?, New York, New York (March 2, 2011)
- Speaker, AMEC: The Ins and Outs of Music Copyright Infringement Litigation, New York, New York (January 6, 2011)
- President, Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (2004-2006)
- Editorial Board, Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
- Board of Directors, Association of Independent Music Publishers
- Member, Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Committee; Entertainment and Sports Committee; Litigation Committee, American Bar Association
- Adjunct Professor, Entertainment Law, Syracuse University College of Law
- Named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2013)
- Named as a "Leading Lawyer" in The Legal 500 US in Copyright, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 editions)
- Named in "Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business," in New York Media & Entertainment: Copyright & Contract Disputes, (2006-2012 editions)
- Named "New York Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation by Thomson Reuters (2006-2012)
- Named one of the "Leading Lawyers in America," Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers Guide (2006)
- Highest "AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1972, With Honors
Queens College, B.A., 1968
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1989
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1984