About

Klaris Law is a boutique law firm that helps companies make money on content; helps clear, protect, enforce and monetize trademarks and logos; and advises on advertising, libel, privacy, the First Amendment, fair use, technology, and digital media issues. We handle all matters relating to:

 
  • Photography
  • Videos
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Music
  • Logos
  • Brands
  • Designs
  • Software
 

Backed by 25 years’ experience in media, entertainment, and copyright and trademark law, we guide our clients through a complex and changing IP and digital environment as partner, advisor, and resource.


What We Do

You may need an attorney to conduct due diligence. You may want a lawyer to negotiate a license, a sale or acquisition of content, or advise on fair use, digital distribution, or a mobile application. You may be a publisher, a production company, hotel company, or an individual. You may have a particular need or be looking for an outside general counsel. Klaris Law can fill any or all of these roles for you, and add highly qualified attorneys and paralegals as needed on matters that require different levels of skill.

What is the Klaris Law difference?

  • Edward Klaris worked in-house for 17 years and in a firm for more than 8 years.
  • We are not just lawyers. We are strategistic, entrepreneurial, and pragmatic.
  • We treat people with kid gloves, until the gloves have to come off.
  • We have talented attorneys in trademark, copyright and media law.

Our Clients

  • Media, publishing and entertainment companies
  • Nonprofit cultural organizations
  • Tech and digital enterprises
  • Advertising and marketing firms
  • Hospitality and consumer goods companies
  • Licensing and franchise businesses
  • Individual content creators

If you are looking for IP rights and royalty management services, go to Klaris IP.

Services

Advisory, Transactional and Litigation

Our Media and Entertainment Practice

Our Intellectual Property Practice

Media and Entertainment Law

  • Content review and clearance services for documentaries, books, movies, TV, scripted and unscripted programming
  • Libel, privacy, and pre-publication/broadcast vetting
  • First amendment, commercial speech, rights of publicity
  • Social and digital media, online privacy, and FTC
  • Opinion letters for insurers for fair use, libel and privacy

Drafting and Negotiating Agreements

  • Film, tv, books, magazines, digital
  • Technology, data, software
  • Advertising, marketing, production, distribution
  • Licensing content and trademarks

Trademark and Lanham Act

  • Clearance, protection, and enforcement of trademarks, trade dress, and designs
  • Trademark cancellation proceedings, lack of use petitions, and litigations
  • Trademark strategy, counseling and large scale portfolio management
  • International trademark practice, including contested proceedings around the world

Due Diligence

  • Support all M&A activities, on the buy and sell sides
  • Evaluation of trademark and copyright portfolios
  • Due diligence analysis, documentation and reporting
  • Opportunity studies, rights management evaluations
  • IP technology analyses and evaluations

Resources

How meeting Federico Fellini taught him how law enables creativity.


Ed Klaris discusses what to take into account when writing a book or producing a documentary.

Ed Klaris discusses copyright and fair use.


Ed Klaris discusses law and virtual reality.


Interested in learning more? The documents below, by founder Ed Klaris, provide more detail about IP valuation and monetization strategies.

This document explains how investing in robust metadata creation, along with asset management and rights management systems, is crucial for companies to monetize their assets.

A concise roadmap to help corporate leaders to evaluate their intellectual assets and think through the development of meaningful new lines of business in the media and entertainment sector.

A methodology for assessing IP portfolios, identifying gaps, and providing solutions for content companies to better monetize their assets across broader channels and territories, and thus to reach more subscribers, viewers, and members.

Copyright in small bites.

Ed Klaris moderated a panel discussion at a public meeting on Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works organized by The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force.

An article reviewing U.S. and European law/recent developments in link liability in both the copyright and defamation contexts and providing a checklist of questions an attorney (or editor) ought to ask before deciding, prepublication, whether a proposed link may lead to liability in the U.S. and/or the EU.

Blog

News

  • Dubai-based publisher sues online platforms PopSugar and Ebates for breach of contract and fraud.
    April 13, 2017
    Our client, Pop Middle East, Inc, a leading Dubai-based publisher in premier digital content and advertising in fashion and lifestyle, filed this week a $6 billion lawsuit against PopSugar, Inc., the former owner and operator of the online fashion marketplace ShopStyle and Ebates, Inc., a leader in online cash back shopping.

    In 2015, Pop Middle East and PopSugar entered into a licensing agreement, making our client the exclusive licensee for the ShopStyle website in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

    Unbeknownst to Pop Middle East at the time, the terms of the agreement undermined the value of the deal for our client. The agreement was focused on ShopStyle’s growth and revenue: our client could only profit under the agreement if ShopStyle exceed certain predetermined revenue hurdles. It turns out, however, that the information our client received from PopSugar concerning ShopStyle’s revenue and growth was false.

    As soon as our client became aware of the misleading and inaccurate financial statements it had received prior to entering the agreement, our client made good faith attempts to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. PopSugar, however, refused to collaborate.

    After nearly a year of such unsuccessful attempts, PopSugar unilaterally terminated the licensing agreement with our client, without cause or reason of any kind. This termination followed the public disclosure of ShopStyle’s acquisition by Ebates this February.

    The complaint, filed in San Francisco, explains how PopSugar not only fraudulently induced our client into signing the agreement but also failed to meet its obligations therein – e.g. failed to develop and launch the ShopStyle website in Arabic as required to under the agreement.

    With this complaint, our client intends to hold Popsugar accountable for its fraudulent behavior and rightfully vindicate its rights under the agreement, which has not only caused our client to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, but also potentially cost it millions of dollars in lost profits.

  • Court Ruling on Celebrity Photos Raises New Copyright Risk for Websites
    Fortune
    April 10, 2017
    According to Ed Klaris, a long-time intellectual property lawyer in New York, the opinion is hardly a death knell for those relying on DMCA protections, but certainly a warning not to get too involved in posting others’ content: “Images could not be posted without human moderators’ intervention, raising the question whether the defendant was in effect an accomplice to the infringement. These facts forced a trial, which will cause websites to pay close attention. Until now, courts have given broad leeway to filter and curate content without losing immunity.”
  • As Dubai’s Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen
    The New York Times
    March 8, 2017
    The Dubai municipality has “taken the Dubai Frame as its own without paying or crediting the person who created it,” said Edward Klaris, a New York-based lawyer representing the architect. “This is an egregious infringement of international copyright and a sad case of sovereign bullying that deserves to be corrected.”
  • ‘Inventor of Email’ Slaps Tech Site With $15M Libel Suit for Mocking His Claim
    Fortune
    January 5, 2017
  • Architect of the Dubai Frame sues Dubai Municipality and elevator manufacturing company for stealing its copyrighted building design.
    December 22, 2016
    Our client, internationally renowned architect Fernando Donis, has filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrup AG, an elevator manufacturing company, for appropriating and building the Dubai Frame.

    In 2008, our client participated in an international design competition in Dubai, sponsored by ThysenKrupp AG, to design a new emblematic structure for Za-abeel Park in the Center of Dubai to “promote the new face of Dubai”.

    The competition regulations, modeled on the UNESCO guidelines for international architecture competitions, made clear that the designers would maintain all copyrights in their works. No design, whether Prize-winning or not, could be used without the architect’s consent.

    In 2009, Donis and his Dubai Frame project won the competition, defeating 925 other entries from other internationally acclaimed architects. Immediately, the Dubai Municipality attempted to push our client away from building the Dubai Frame. It suggested agreements that would give our client essentially non-existing rights relating to his own design and strung our client along until construction began in 2014.

    Donis never signed any agreement, nor granted the Dubai Municipality permission to build the Dubai Frame. The Dubai Municipality nevertheless proceeded to build the Dubai Frame, despite knowing Donis owned the copyright to the Dubai Frame, as established by documentary evidence.

    Having sent cease-and-desist letters and exhausted all avenues of communication with the Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp AG, our client filed this copyright infringement suit.

    The Dubai Municipality, which holds itself out as a leader in attracting international talent in the UAE, copied our client’s design and built it without his permission. Our client hopes that this claim will vindicate his rights, rectify the Dubai Municipality’s deliberate infringement of international copyright and draw the world’s attention to this blatant example of sovereign bullying.


Can Tech’s Tattle Tycoon Trump Thiel?
Fortune
August 17, 2016
Rights.tech interview with Ed Klaris
Rights.tech
August 10, 2016

Team

Ed Klaris

Ed Klaris, Managing Partner

With his 25 years in the media and entertainment sector, Ed is a recognized expert on intellectual property, privacy, and media law and has extensive experience building revenue from content and other IP. His clients turn to him to be outside general counsel, for specific matters, and to handle issues through settlement or litigation. Ed started Klaris Law in 2014 when he saw a need for a true boutique firm, with flexible pricing, providing deep knowledge in a complicated sector.

Before Klaris Law, Ed was Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Assets & Rights, at Condé Nast for more than eight years, where he transformed print magazines, photos, and articles into vibrant digital archives, film and TV projects, international branded franchises, and licensed product lines that have produced millions in net profit. Ed conducted business in 28 countries worldwide and was responsible for vetting potential partners, negotiating joint venture and license agreements, and launching and overseeing diverse branded businesses. Ed also led business affairs for all 18 Condé Nast brands and the company’s entertainment division, including movie and TV deals, rights-in and rights-out agreements, and all contracts related to production, talent, partnerships, advertising, and joint marketing.

Prior to this, Ed served as General Counsel for The New Yorker from 2000-2006; he was media counsel at ABC, Inc. from 1997-2000, and a litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from 1992-1997.

Ed is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School where he has taught a seminar on media law, commercial speech, privacy and intellectual property since 2005. He is on the Communications Law committee at the New York City Bar and a member of the MLRC. He speaks at events around the country and periodically publishes articles. Ed is a former chair of the New York State Bar Committee on Communications Law, and was Chairman of the Board of Pilobolus Dance Theater for 13 years.

Ed graduated from Vassar College in 1988 with Honors in English and Italian and where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa. He has his J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he was the Editor-in- Chief of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson, Counsel

Susan Jacobson focuses her practice on all areas of trademark, copyright, trade dress and internet law. She has significant experience in advising clients on selection, clearance, registration and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and internationally. She has managed world-wide trademark portfolios of billion-dollar retailers. Susan also has supervised oppositions, cancellation proceedings, litigation in federal courts nationwide and in many foreign jurisdictions.

Susan has worked with companies ranging from start-ups to those in the Fortune 500, spanning retail, hospitality and restaurants, beauty, pharmaceutical, financial services, lifestyle/consumer products and luxury goods.

Susan has created a curriculum that she has presented to designers, graphic artists and executives covering guidelines for trademark and copyright issues.

Susan conducts IP Audits and has extensive experience in handling due diligence for the sale or acquisition of a business.

Susan resides with her husband in New York City where she is the president of her coop board.


Alexia Bedat

Alexia Bedat, Associate

Alexia focuses her practice on content review; media law; privacy; Internet law; advertising; fair use, and virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Prior to joining Klaris Law, Alexia worked as a law clerk at BuzzFeed, where she supported the news team. She has also worked with law firms specializing in media law in both London and Paris.

Having obtained her law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK, Alexia moved to New York to pursue her career in the United States and completed an LL.M. at Columbia Law School. There, she focused on First Amendment litigation, advertising, copyright and the right of publicity. At Columbia, Alexia worked as a teaching assistant at both the Law School and Journalism School and did pro bono work at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Alexia is a dual citizen (Swiss/American) and grew up in Geneva, where she spoke French at home. She is a member of several Media Law Resource Center Committees, including the Internet Law, Pre-Publication/Pre- Broadcast and International Media Law committees.


Georgann M. Callaghan

Georgann M. Callaghan, Paralegal

Georgann focuses on intellectual property portfolios for fashion, retail and the consumer goods industry and has counseled clients on branding as well as trademark development and protection. She has worked extensively with foreign associates to identify issues and implement anti-counterfeiting protocols. Georgann monitors industry developments and current trends to advise clients on best practices.

Georgann began her legal career working at a boutique medical misconduct law firm. She was instrumental in strategic and organizational planning in building the firm. She created business development and client relationship models and implemented all aspects of law office practices and procedures.

Georgann is the Chairperson of the Judicial Advisory Qualifications Committee for the Village of Scarsdale and volunteers as judge/mediator for the Pace University Law School First Year Moot Court Competitions.

Contact

Klaris Law is located at 475 Park Avenue South, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10016.
If you would like to discuss a project, call us at 917-822-7468 or use the contact form below.

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