Klaris in the news
Ed Klaris recognized as Best Lawyers 2021 for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television
September 17, 2021
Tether Asks Court to Block NYAG From Releasing Documents to CoinDesk
August 31, 2021
CoinDesk filed a Freedom of Information Law request to receive access to documents regarding Tether’s reserve breakdown produced to the New York Attorney General in May 2021 as part of its settlement agreement with the agency.
Lance Koonce of Klaris Law, who represents CoinDesk in this matter, said: “We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see that Tether has filed a proceeding to block the release of documents sought pursuant to CoinDesk’s Freedom of Information Law request, after the Office of the Attorney General agreed with CoinDesk on release of those documents. We look forward to seeing the OAG’s decision vindicated in court.”
Alexia Bedat named to Women in Business Law’s 2021 IP Rising Star List
Women Business in Law
Ed Klaris profiled by Law360
April 19, 2021
Law360 interviews Ed Klaris about his career and decisions to do in-house work from the outside. “Outside general counsel is by nature a “fractional” role rather than a fully captive one. It might mean that certain people are 100% allocated to a given client, but our firm represents many clients,” Ed Klaris comments, “That way, we are able to bring industry insights, trends and best practices to our clients where purely in-house employees end up somewhat myopic because they only see what is happening vis-à-vis their employer.”
Klaris Law, along with KlarisIP, is thrilled to be included as the highest-ranking law firm and one of only three legal services companies in the FT’s list of 500. “The past year has proved especially challenging for companies all over the country,” comments managing partner Ed Klaris, “I am grateful to work with the best clients in the business, including those that embraced this turbulent time and seized on new opportunities, and am constantly in awe of my team’s hard work, creativity, and perseverance.”
Ed Klaris selected as NY Law Journal 2020 Trailblazer
NY Law Journal
Ed Klaris recognized for his “pioneer spirit”, helping clients “think about how the business models were changing and how the law needs to keep up” and leading a team remotely through the COVID pandemic without “missing a beat.”
KlarisLaw included in “Inc 5000 2020: Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” list
August 14, 2020
Klaris Law & KlarisIP are excited to be part of the list of stories of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the U.S.
“In this age of COVID-19, we have the opportunity to avoid the chaos of the past, urging organizations across the board — whether individual performers, arts platforms, small businesses or major corporations — to start thinking and behaving like the multimedia companies they have abruptly become.Rather than trying to put the genie back in the bottle, we can begin to harness the powers of technology and the law and find a way forward for creators, distributors, licensors and audiences — protecting intellectual property, even as we also make the most of it.”
Why it’s Time to Decriminalize Rap Music – Ed Klaris
June 15, 2020
“Treating rap as a form of speech that is not art so we can prosecute defendant-artists is counter to the First Amendment protections afforded by the Constitution to political speech and political hyperbole. Given rap’s political and artistic origins and characteristics, it must be afforded the same protections as any other form of art.”
Skilled in the Art: Expert Tips for Navigating IP in the Virtual World
March 24, 2020
“Ed Klaris, Managing Partner of Klaris Law, interviewed about one of his favorite topics: IP rights and the virtual world.”
Intellectual Property Rights in the Age of the Streaming Wars
March 9, 2020
“Accurately and fairly tracking the rights to intellectual property is one of the primary legal challenges of the entertainment media industry in the age of internet streaming services. Ed Klaris, CEO of KlarisIP, says entertainment companies need to adopt new approaches to IP rights management in order to thrive.”
“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.”
The “Stranger Things” Rip-Off Lawsuit Could Set a Perilous Precedent
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.”
We’ve Been Warned About AI & Music for Over 50 Years, But No One’s Prepared
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.”
Augmented Reality is Transforming Museums
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.”
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
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
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?
August 17, 2016
The Death of Gawker.com and The Boundaries of Free Speech and Privacy
August 19, 2016
Rights.tech interview with Ed Klaris
August 10, 2016