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Looking for a copyright lawyer in NYC with eBook license experience. Recommendations?

I'm looking for a copyright attorney or firm that has experience working with eBook licenses. I'm creating an eBook sharing social network that will start off by allowing people to share public domain eBooks . I want to expand to allow sharing copyrighted eBooks, but this would require creating a new license (or other legal framework) that authors and publishers would need to agree to. I'm looking for a firm in the NYC area, preferably one with reasonable rates. I would appreciate any recommendations people have. Thank you.

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Istvan Jonyer
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Try Dror Futter at Sorin Rand ([removed to protect privacy])
He has a lot of experience with IP, startups, VC, I'm sure he can help.
-Istvan
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Masur law has joined cdas. Steve Masur is very knowledgeable and helpful. I'm sure he can answer some initial questions to determine a fit.



Jonathan Vanasco
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IMHO , you're going to wind up doing a TON of ENDLESS licensing agreements and contract negotiations. You should have a lawyer with relevant experience as your FT co-founder and do all this in-house. You're going to go broke with outsourced attorney fees, no matter what sort of sweetheart deal you do.

When you get sued - and yes, you will get sued - you want Thomas Lane to defend you (http://winston.com/print.cfm?contentID=24&itemID=14662 ). I'm not saying that because he's a good friend, but because in the past few months he's defended (and won) Veoh against UMG, Aereo vs all the tv networks, co-authored the often-cited "Goodwill Industries" amicus brief in the Supreme Court... and routinely (successfully) defends Yahoo on all their copyright matters.
Robert Clegg
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if you are a startup, you should be able to sign a prominent law firm to "sweet heart" you until funding. This should cover initial incorporation plus some amount of work done on the corporation's behalf. Once you are up and running, then I'd worry about spending capital on great defense lawyers. Get your funding first.
Greg Belvedere
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Thanks for all the input. Jonathan, I would definitely like to have a lawyer in house if possible. Perhaps I will have an easier time attracting one once I have my MVP up and running in about 2 weeks.
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@Greg - I'd focus on the MVP ; if you need a lawyer for incorporation / general consul, try to swing a sweetheart deal. 90% of lawyers hate their jobs, and are always looking for a cool exit. If I were you, I'd spend a chunk of time networking with lawyers and trying to find an extra team member. I think finding the right person would really help you get funding - because until you do, you're really just going to be an ebook distributor, and there are a ton of those.
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you might want to consider lawyers in the seattle area and specifically those who have done work for Amazon if they can do it without a conflict of interest. i don't know any of those firms or individuals, but you'd be money ahead letting them learn on Amazon's dime.
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