Publishing

Protecting your content, preserving your rights

Our Publishing Practice Group is at the forefront of changing technologies and regulations. From representing media entities on First Amendment issues, to providing counseling and litigation services on copyrights, trademarks and domain names, our knowledge of the publishing industry in far-reaching. We have particular expertise in counseling and defending our clients on the labor and employment issues unique to the publishing industry and our attorneys also provide business and insurance law services. Clients include national, regional and local media entities of all kinds, including newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcasters, book publishers, cable television operators, advertising agencies, public relations firms, Internet sites, content providers, writers, reporters, editors, producers, authors, and artists.

Our Media Litigation and First Amendment Practice includes:

  • Defense of libel, invasion of privacy, newsgathering, and related claims
  • Prepublication and pre-broadcast review
  • Responding to subpoenas, including confidential source issues
  • Public records and courtroom access and appeals
  • Advertising, circulation/audience, newsrack, and postal advice
  • Training in libel prevention and other risk avoidance

Our Media Labor and Employment Practice includes:

  • Counseling on hiring, wage and hour regulations, employee classification, discipline, termination, and restructurings
  • Negotiating and drafting freelance agreements, commission and bonus plans, non-compete agreements, handbooks, and severance agreements
  • Advising newspapers and others on union awareness and avoidance, campaigns and collective bargaining
  • Defense of labor and employment-related claims
  • Training and compliance audits

Our Media Intellectual Property Practice includes:

  • Registering, protecting, and licensing copyrights, trademarks, patents, and Internet domain names
  • Handling infringement claims and third-party subpoenas
  • Proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”)
  • Intellectual property and website audits
  • Privacy policies, website terms of use, and DMCA and COPPA compliance

Our Media Business Practice includes:

  • Sweepstakes compliance
  • Organization and financing of business entities and joint ventures; tax issues
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts with printers, distributors, advertisers, and others
  • Agency, publishing and production contracts
  • Insurance review and coverage disputes
  • Advising family-owned businesses regarding estate planning and succession issues
  • Ensuring compliance with Do Not Call and CAN-SPAM

Our Clients:

Our media clients include:

  • Astrea Media
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Boston Business Journal
  • The Boston Globe
  • Courthouse News Service
  • The Harvard Crimson
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Metro Corp., including Boston and Philadelphia magazines
  • New England Newspaper & Press Association

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