Lloyd J. Jassin

Blending Legal Advice With Business Insight

Book Publishing Lawyer, Literary Lawyer
     Lloyd J. Jassin    

I'm a book publishing attorney and former publishing executive. My goal is to help authors, literary agencies and publishers negotiate better book contracts and harness intellectual property law to their benefit. I will let you know if a contract is viable and what it will take to make it sign-able. I’m available to answer questions about book contracts, writer collaborations, film and television options, fair use, permissions, defamation, and privacy rights. My practice includes helping individuals and businesses select, register, maintain, and protect their valuable trademarks. Whether selecting a title for a book series, or the name of a publishing company or other business, I can help you avoid trademark infringement by doing a trademark clearance search.  

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 book publishing attorney, I enjoyed a successful career in book publishing, working for Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishing, and St. Martin's Press. Clients gain access to all of the knowledge, counsel, and advocacy that my firm can provide.

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. Later, I joined Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, where I worked on copyright and trademark matters for high-profile clients in the publishing, television, music, fashion, and licensing fields.

I'm the co-author, with Steven C. Schechter, of The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook (John Wiley & Sons). I've been quoted in Publishers Weekly,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major publications. I've taken the stage at BookExpo, and spoken at Publishers Weekly, Book Industry Study Group, Dramatists Guild, and Copyright Society events. I was an adjunct professor at the 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 law degree   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.  

My office is located at 1501 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036, (212) 354-4442.  email: jassin@copylaw.org. I also maintain a practice in Madison, N.J.  


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"Books are the intellectual property headwaters of revenue streams as diverse as motion pictures, podcasts, and ways previously thought possible only in science fiction.--Lloyd Jassin

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