With a reputation for being a premier entertainment litigation practice in the United States, Steven Altman, Esq. resolves client disputes involving individuals, partnerships, production companies, distributors, guilds and/or governmental agencies. I counsel clients in actions for and against agents and business and personal managers.
If litigation is necessary, I am a dedicated, experienced advocate. My extensive experience ranges from motion pictures and television to music, sports, interactive gaming, theater and photography.
In the film arena, I handle disputes relating to the motion picture business. This includes conflicts over initial rights acquisitions, the engagement of talent, motion picture production, exploitation and distribution. My background includes resolving copyright and trademark disputes, editing rights, right to final cut and writer’s credits. I resolve disputes involving international film distribution before the American Film Market Association, now known as the Independent Film and Television Alliance. To resolve these many disputes, I arbitrate before the entire guild arbitration forums.
I handle television litigation, including idea submission disputes. In both scripted and unscripted programming, I handle disputes between actors, production companies, and broadcast and cable networks.
The music industry typically uses in-house attorneys and small boutique music firms for its transactional legal work. I represent performers, composers and songwriters, music publishers, and record labels in copyright, royalty and other litigation arising out of the exploitation of sound recordings and musical compositions. My background includes handling disputes, management agreement disputes and contractual disputes between record labels and business partners.
Well-versed in the technology of music, I obtain copyright protection for the sound recordings contained in electronic musical instruments, litigate patent disputes over new technologies and monitor the Internet for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works.
Intellectual property protection is unique in the entertainment industry. I prosecute and defend my entertainment clients’ copyright, trademark, right of publicity, trade dress infringement and idea submission claims, and other intellectual property infringement concerns. I provide assertive counsel on claims, on behalf of celebrities, that involve intentional interference with contracts and invasion-of-privacy protections. I also manage conflicts over rights acquisitions, the engagement of talent, exploitation and distribution.
I represent clients in matters involving: