Overview

When celebrities have their names, likenesses or voices misappropriated and wrongfully exploited, they need someone who knows how to enforce their rights. Likewise, when media companies face claims based on alleged violations of the rights of privacy and publicity or defamation, they need counsel to protect their artistic works.

Pryor Cashman has decades of experience representing production companies, film studios, networks, writers, celebrities and other high-profile personalities. When reputations and valuable privacy and publicity rights are at stake, our litigators strive to resolve matters swiftly and, when necessary, discreetly.

What We Do

We represent both individuals and media companies in disputes concerning violations of the rights of privacy and publicity and defamation claims, working to resolve matters quickly and cost-effectively. We also provide comprehensive due diligence to the producers of artistic works to aid them in avoiding risk altogether.

Litigation

Pryor Cashman’s litigators have extensive experience in prosecuting and defending right of privacy/publicity cases. Our litigators have played a significant role in developing the law in the areas of privacy and publicity rights, including winning Rogers v. Grimaldi, MGU/UA, the seminal case that articulated the balancing test for weighing trademark rights against the First Amendment rights afforded artistic expression. We also achieved victory in Seale v. Gramercy Pictures, which concerned the motion picture “Panther” -  one of a limited number of cases to address First Amendment protections of the producers/writers of docudramas. 

We are similarly well versed in prosecuting and defending defamation suits and have handled a number of noteworthy cases - often involving media companies and celebrities - including the successful dismissal of a highly publicized defamation case against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Due Diligence

To prevent litigation, we meticulously vet scripts, books, films and other creative works to clear every aspect of a project to ensure compliance and avoid liability. We also advise errors and omissions insurers on ways to reduce and eliminate risk in their coverage of claims concerning infringements of intellectual property and violations of an individual’s rights.

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