Frank P. Scibilia is an intellectual property and entertainment partner at Pryor Cashman.
Frank has been involved in several seminal cases establishing the boundary of liability in connection with the copying and distribution of copyrighted content via the Internet, including A&M Records, Inc v. Napster, Inc.; Zomba Enterprises, Inc. v. MP3.com, Inc.; and Paramount Pictures Corp. v. ReplayTV, Inc. He also played a key role in the first case to successfully enforce the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Universal City Studies v. Reimerdes). Frank co-authored amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in MGM Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. and Eldred v. Ashcroft.
Frank was instrumental in obtaining summary judgment in September 2007 for the legendary Friars Club in a Lanham Act and Anti-Dilution lawsuit against 9900 Santa Monica, Inc. d/b/a “The Friars of Beverly Hills,” an entity that was trading upon the “Friars” name and mark and falsely claiming that it was the successor to the Friars Club of California, a now-defunct former licensee of The Friars Club.
Frank regularly advises clients on complex copyright issues, and negotiates and drafts agreements licensing content, including licenses for exploiting sound recordings and musical compositions via various new media platforms and services. He has extensive experience relating to worldwide exploitation of music and other music-related entertainment products, particularly on and in new digital technology.
Working in tandem with a music publishing client, Frank negotiated what has become the music industry's template for the licensing of musical compositions for a broad range of new technological exploitations of music. These licenses grant rights to exploitation of music by record companies, third-party service and content providers, and aggregators (including multiple service operators, Internet service providers, and wireless and other communications carriers), for use in so-called "master ringtones," "master ringbacks," and certain digital video products (including digital downloads of promotional videos, video-on-demand and linear pre-programmed video channels) delivered via wireless networks and other new technology distribution platforms. Most recently, Frank has been at the forefront of licensing content for exploitation via so-called “user-generated” or “social networking” sites and services.
Frank has also conducted and led teams conducting due diligence of copyright assets, including major music publishing catalogs, on behalf of prospective purchasers of, and those wishing to securitize, such assets.