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Copyright infringement continues to be a problem for medical illustrators. Publishers sometimes refuse to pay the reasonable cost of a proposed license for a group of illustrations and instead enlist another illustrator to copy the illustrations. Websites, wishing to populate their sites with vibrant images, appropriate them from illustrators’ sites without first gaining permission or making payment. Medical professionals and medical malpractice attorneys make screen grabs of illustrations, change them in insignificant ways and then post them as their own on their sites or use them in court. There are many ways, however, illustrators can avoid infringement and combat it without ever having to retain counsel. Andrew Berger, counsel at Tannenbaum Helpern et al. in New York, will explain the self-help tools illustrators can employ to minimize infringement and respond to it if it occurs, including take down notices, strong cease and desist letters, simple registration practices and effective online policing. What if these tools don’t end the problem or provide a satisfactory solution? Andrew, who has extensive experience representing AMI members in litigation and is also an adjunct Professor of Copyright Law at Cornell Law School, will explain the steps illustrators can take to vindicate their rights in court. He’ll examine the kind of results they can expect and the cost and time it may take to achieve a resolution. Come join Andrew in this interactive discussion that may aid your bottom line as well as your peace of mind.
Andrew Berger is counsel to the New York law firm of Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, where he uses his breadth of experience and creativity to protect his clients’ copyrights and trademarks. Andrew also ensures his clients are appropriately compensated when infringement does occur. Many of his cases intersect the Internet and new technologies. Over the past 15 years, Andrew has represented a number of AMI members in copyright litigation against major publishers, content aggregators and medical professionals. Every one of those cases settled satisfactorily. His other clients
have included the Government of Ecuador, the Women’s Tennis Association and a 2010 Academy Award winner. Andrew is also an Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law at Cornell Law School where this fall he taught a seminar on copyright litigation. Further, Andrew has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer in copyright litigation for each of the five past years. He has also served as a trustee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.