Other Publishing And Entertainment Transactions

  • Reviewed a book publishing contract and advised an independent book publisher’s attorney regarding the extent of the publisher’s discretion to terminate the contract.
  • Mr. Kaufman is currently representing a client in connection with the termination of a literary agency agreement.
  • Mr. Kaufman has just been retained to advise a nonfiction book author in connection with a proposed literary agency agreement.
  • Mr. Kaufman recently assisted a client in resolving a dispute with a national magazine over the acceptance of and payment for a freelance article.
  • Mr. Kaufman is currently representing an author in connection with the termination of a literary agency relationship.
  • The firm is currently representing a client, with an interest in monetary payments contractually due with respect to certain motion pictures, in a dispute over the client’s eligibility for those payments.
  • The firm recently represented a crew member in a magazine shoot who was inappropriately left out of the crew credits in the resulting publication. Based on a demand letter, formal written confirmation of the client’s participation in the shoot was successfully secured, for use in any professional portfolio, and the client’s listings and credits in two other forthcoming publications were also reconfirmed.
  • Mr. Kaufman recently counseled a freelance writer regarding certain legal/editorial problems encountered with the writer’s magazine publisher.
  • Mr. Kaufman was recently consulted by an author in connection with potential copyright infringement and/or breach of publishing contract claims against a former book publisher.
  • Mr. Kaufman is currently representing an author in connection with a proposed book publishing contract.
  • Recently the firm counseled a client in connection with a proposed collaboration agreement involving a book based on a collection of oral histories.
  • The firm was recently hired by an author to review and negotiate his book publishing contract.
  • The firm was hired to prepare and negotiate an agreement between a composer and a popular rock band covering use and performance of the composer’s musical compositions.
  • The firm was hired by a newspaper reporter and blogger to negotiate an agreement with his literary agent.
  • The firm successfully resolved a dispute over a terminated collaboration agreement on behalf of a trade book writer.
  • The firm successfully negotiated termination of a copyright license and reversion of publishing and distribution rights from a foreign printer/publisher on behalf of a U.S. trade book author.
  • On behalf of a textbook author, the firm successfully negotiated termination and reversion of rights of a U.S. publishing contract (while also collecting several years’ unpaid royalties for the author); the firm subsequently renegotiated the author’s proposed publishing contract with a foreign book publisher for a new edition of the book.