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Klaris Law is a boutique media, entertainment, technology and intellectual property law firm supporting our clients in creation and funding of their companies; acquisitions and dispositions; content review, news-gathering and fair use; trademark counseling and prosecution; content development; production and distribution; as well as due diligence and chain of title. We handle all matters relating to:
- Digital & Social Media
- Books & Articles
- Brands & Logos
- Designs & Illustrations
- Advertising & Promotion
Backed by more than 25 years’ experience, we guide our clients through a complex and changing IP and digital environment as partner, advisor, and resource.
What We Do
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 need an attorney to conduct due diligence. You may be at an inflection point in your business and are considering a sale, acquisition or other business combination. 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?
- We have decades of law firm, in-house counsel, and media executive experience.
- We are not just lawyers. We are strategic, entrepreneurial, and pragmatic.
- We treat people with kid gloves, until the gloves have to come off.
- We have big law standards, which we meet with efficiency and flexibility.
- 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
- AR & VR Companies
Advisory, Transactional and Litigation
Our Media and Entertainment 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
Our Intellectual Property Practice
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
- Entity formation and governance
- M&A activities on the buy and sell side
- Joint ventures and other business combinations
- Equity and debt financings
AI & Art
Ed Klaris discusses the legal implications of using machine learning & AI to generate new works of art at Christie's 2019 Art + Tech Summit.
Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat discuss deal making in the documentary filmmaking process.
AI Art and Copyright
Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat discuss the potential copyright issues that come into play when scanning existing works to generate AI art.
Trademark Portfolio Management
Ed Klaris discusses what to take into account when managing a trademark portfolio.
Ed Klaris speaks with CBC News Network about CNN's lawsuit
Ed Klaris weighs in on the strength of CNN's lawsuit to restore Jim Acosta's press credentials.
Ed Klaris discusses what to take into account when writing a book or producing a documentary.
Ed Klaris meets Federico Fellini
How meeting Federico Fellini taught him how law enables creativity.
Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality Art
In this ArtTactic podcast, Ed Klaris provides insight into the legal issues involved in artificial intelligence and virtual reality art.
Intellectual Property Due Diligence
In the ABA's definitive book on Intellectual Property Due Diligence, Ed Klaris provides an unprecedented deep look at the legal issues and processes involved in IP due diligence.
Copyright Due Diligence (PDF)
Trademark Due Diligence (PDF)
Technology, Data and Online Services Due Diligence (PDF)
Link Liability – An EU/US Comparison and Guide (PDF) — Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat
An update to our 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. Updates include the Breitbart decision in which a Federal Judge concluded that embedding a Tweet can be copyright infringement.
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Biometric Data after 2017 (PDF)
An article reviewing recent U.S. and European efforts to regulate the collection of biometric data and how these developments impact augmented and virtual reality companies that collect such data from their users.
Link Liability – An EU/US Comparison and Guide (PDF)
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.
Developing the Digital Marketplace for Copyrighted Works
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.
Work-for-hire or transfer of copyright? Understanding Your Rights (PDF)
Copyright in small bites.
IP Monetization Methodology (PDF)
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.
Key Strategies for Diversifying Revenue Streams in the Media and Entertainment Sector (PDF)
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.
Getting to ROI: Rights Metadata and the Smart Content Life Cycle (PDF)
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.
Can C-3PO Register a Copyright and Be Sued for Copyright Infringement, or Is Luke on the Hook?: Artificial Intelligence and Its Role in Copyright
In this program, a panel will explain current copyright law and how it relates to issues arising from the growth of artificial intelligence (AI).
- (Don’t) Think Before You Retweet? — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatNovember 20, 2018(Don’t) Think Before You Retweet? — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatEvery second, on average, 6,000 tweets are published on Twitter — that’s 500 million tweets per day. Of these millions of tweeters, how many …
- LINK LIABILITY *UPDATE*: An EU/US Comparison and Guide — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatMarch 19, 2018An update to our 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 edit …
- VR & AR: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Biometric Data after 2017 — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatFebruary 7, 2018I. IntroductionA particular type of private information became the focus of increasing attention in 2017: biometric data. Biometric data is digital data obtained by measuring an individual’s character …
- COPYRIGHT: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatOctober 16, 2017Recently, a photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie settled a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image. The lower court had denied th …
- VIRTUAL REALITY: The Art of VR — When Sotheby’s and Virtual Reality meet — Ed Klaris & Alexia BedatOctober 16, 2017Last week, Sotheby’s opened its doors to the world of Virtual Reality (VR).Over the course of a two-day event (6/23–6/24) entitled The Art of VR, filmmakers, producers, artists, painters, storytellers …
November 1, 2019
“We treat people with kid gloves, until the gloves have to come off.” It’s pithy, it’s catchy and it absolutely expresses the view of Edward Klaris, who founded the firm in 2014.”
April 19, 2019
“The judge has set the court system up for many more weak idea theft cases by allowing this case to go to trial,” says Edward Klaris, managing partner at Klaris Law, which focuses on intellectual property. “People can’t even have casual conversations without worrying about implied contracts and lawsuits. It creates a fearful environment where the establishment refuses to hear out the newcomers for fear of being sued.”
April 22, 2019
According to Ed Klaris, when asked about the copyright issues that arise where AI meets music, “It’s not about Beyoncé’s general output. It’s about one work at a time [...] The AI-made track couldn’t just sound like Beyoncé, in general, it would have to sound like a specific song she made. “If that occurred,” says Klaris, “I think there’s a pretty good case for copyright infringement.”
When asked about incentives for AI creators, Klaris commented, “If you accept AI-generated work as a new form of art and take away the intellectual property rights of the person who created the algorithm,” says Klaris, “you’ve basically said, ‘you’re out,’ and take away their incentive to create.”
April 23, 2018
“At the moment, there’s no such thing as a recognized right to control the space or virtual augmentations of your work,” says Alexia Bedat, an attorney specializing in AR and VR; however, Bedat adds that existing laws, such as copyright or the Visual Artists Rights Act, may apply to certain augmentations.”
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.
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.”
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.”
January 5, 2017
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.
August 17, 2016
August 19, 2016
August 10, 2016
Ed Klaris on Legal Implications of AI , 2019 Christie’s Art + Tech Summit, New York
Alexia Bedat on Photography & the Law 101 , Adorama, New York
Alexia Bedat on Real IP Issues with Augmented and Virtual Reality , Real IP Issues with Augmented and Virtual Reality, Clear Law Institute Webinar.
Ed Klaris on Artificial Intelligence & Copyright Issues , UNFOLD ART XCHANGE, Bahrain. .
Ed Klaris on Evaluating IP Metadata as Capital , Smart Hollywood Summit 2019, Los Angeles.
Alexia Bedat on Infringement of IP Rights in AR & VR, Webinar.
Ed Klaris on artificial intelligence and copyright with The American Bar Association, Webinar.
Alexia Bedat on AR Law Panel at ARIA (AR in Action) Industry Summit in Cambridge, MA
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.
Andrew Kransdorf is a corporate/transactional attorney with twenty-seven years of experience, including twelve leading the corporate legal group for Advance Publications, Inc. (Advance), one of the world’s largest privately held media companies. Prior to joining Advance, he spent fifteen years in private practice, including eleven years at Thelen, Reid & Priest where he was Chair of the South East Asia Practice. He received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelors of Arts degree from Columbia University.
Andrew has worked closely with his clients on matters of corporate strategy and business development, handling everything from day-to-day advisory work to multi-billion dollar, multi-jurisdictional transactions. He has counseled companies on all aspects of their capital structures, including equity, debt and derivatives, and has broad based experience across mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other significant business combinations.
Andrew was instrumental in the execution of Advance’s private equity and venture capital initiatives, completing over 70 investments during his tenure including the acquisition of Reddit which grew to being the fourth most visited site on the internet and others that have had successful IPOs.
Andrew has conducted training seminars in mergers and acquisitions and minority investments and is a frequently called upon to render guidance in those areas.
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 focuses her media and entertainment practice on pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of print and audiovisual content; fair use review and IP licensing matters; negotiation and drafting of development, production and distribution agreements in the film, television and podcast industries; and, generally advising clients on the legal implications of developing technologies, including artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality.
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 and media law, volunteered at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Law School.
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.
Alexia continues to TA at the Columbia Journalism School and is a member of several Media Law Resource Center Committees (currently serving as co-chair of the MLRC Pre-Publication/Pre- Broadcast Committee). Alexia is also an AR&VR enthusiast, frequently addressing legal challenges in this area, including at SXSW in Austin (TX) and at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara (CA). Recently, Alexia co-authored a chapter on data collection practices for VR/AR companies in Siegel on Entertainment Law.
Alexia is a dual citizen (Swiss/American) and grew up in Geneva, where she spoke French at home.
Sam focuses his practice on transactional matters, with particular emphasis on contracts involving intellectual property, media and entertainment law issues. He also advises clients on privacy and internet law issues.
Prior to joining Klaris Law, Sam was an associate at another New York firm, where he managed, drafted and reviewed a wide variety of commercial agreements and assisted early stage companies with formation and financing matters.
Sam obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where he pursued a concentration in intellectual property and information law. While at Fordham, he interned in the legal departments of Christie’s and Ziff Davis. Sam was also selected to participate in the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic, where he provided pro bono legal services for clients with intellectual property issues, and he was the recipient of the Archibald M. Murray Award for Public Service.
Sam was born and raised in New York City, and he worked in television and film before and during law school. He is admitted to practice law in New York State.
Georgann M. Callaghan
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.