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Book Publishing Contract Lawyer

I'm an attorney and former publishing executive, whose client base consists of nationally recognized experts, celebrities, bestselling authors, book publishers and literary agencies.

I offer a broad understanding of the industries in which my clients operate and a network of contacts within the publishing, entertainment, and licensing communities. Before becoming a publishing and entertainment attorney, I enjoyed a successful career in book publishing, working with companies such as Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishing, and St. Martin's Press. Consequently, clients gain access to all of the knowledge, counsel, and advocacy that my firm can provide.

I focus on publishing and entertainment transactions, branding, and trademark law. Blending legal advice with business insight, I represent bestselling authors, leading literary agencies, publishing professionals, literary estates, dramatists, composers, publishers, and producers on contract, rights acquisition, licensing, copyright, defamation, privacy, and trademark issues.

I'm involved in all stages of the writing and publication process, from the pre-publication review (vetting) of manuscripts for defamation to negotiating author agreements and film options, merchandise licensing, and other publishing and entertainment-related agreements. In addition, my practice includes helping individuals and companies select, register, maintain and protect their valuable trademarks. 

Using a complex process found in the U.S. Copyright Act, I've enabled composers, writers, and literary estates to terminate contracts covering copyright, allowing them to reclaim their copyrights. Among those I've helped recapture rights are Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), the Roald Dahl Estate, Debbie Macomber, and the heirs of jazz icons Miles. I also offer intellectual property due diligence (chain of title) and copyright termination counseling to investors, film and television producers, and other rights seekers. 

Before attending law school, I served as Director of Publicity for Prentice Hall Press, a division of Simon & Schuster. Upon graduating from law school in 1991, I worked for Viacom Enterprises, a division of Viacom International (now Paramount Global), the world's largest independent distributor of feature films and off-network television programming. Before founding my firm, I was a trademark associate at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, where I worked with clients in the publishing, television, music, fashion, and character licensing industries.

I co-authored The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook (John Wiley & Sons). I've also written articles for Publishers Weekly, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and other publications. I've taken the stage at BookExpo, spoken at Publishers Weekly and Book Industry Study Group events. I was an adjunct professor at New York University Center for Publishing, where I taught a class on digital rights and permissions.

For many years, I volunteered as chair of the Center for Independent Publishing executive committee and as First Amendment counsel for the Independent Book Publishers Associations (IBPA). I currently serve on the Beacon Press advisory board and the Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. 

I received my Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1991.  I am admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.  I also practice before the USPTO preparing and prosecuting applications for trademark registration.  

The Law Offices of Lloyd J. Jassin are located at 1501 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036, (212) 354-4442.  email: jassin@copylaw.org. The firm also has offices in Madison, N.J.


Partial List of Speaking Engagements

Celebrity Lessons & Estate Planning: Copyright Termination, National Estate Planning & Legacy Week, Webinar, October 22, 2021, Dramatists Guild [Click here to view webinar]

The Real Person in Your Play, Webinar, April 16, 2020, Dramatists Guild

Negotiating Book Publishing Contracts, Continuing Legal Education Program, June 28, 2017, Philadelphia Bar Association

2013: Getting Copyright Termination Right, Continuing Legal Education Program, The Copyright Society, Philadelphia, PA

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