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Linda Steinman

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Linda Steinman has more than 30 years of litigation and counseling experience in media and intellectual property law, and First Amendment law.

She represents a wide range of clients in media and the arts, including book publishers, television production companies, networks, nonprofits, and digital media. Her cases involve defamation, privacy/publicity, copyright, trademark, newsgathering torts, reporter’s privilege, prior restraint, and other publishing law and First Amendment issues.

Linda also regularly provides counseling advice to media clients, NGOs, and other nonprofits and universities, including pre-publication and pre-broadcasting review of publications, television shows (including reality programming), and documentaries, as well as complex fair use analyses. Linda also works with clients on intellectual property rights acquisition.

Representative Experience

Sagaille v. Carrega and Daily News LP

Defending libel suit brought by prosecutor accused of forcibly touching a woman. (Ongoing)

Weller v. Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House et al.

Successfully defended author and publisher of "Gone Girl" novel in copyright infringement suit brought by plaintiff alleging that "Gone Girl" was copied from her script. (2018)

Dynamic Measurement Group v. University of Oregon et al.

Represented Amplify Education in multi-year litigation and settlement of copyright and trademark dispute concerning leading reading assessment given to elementary school children. (2013-2018)

People of the State of California v. Robert Durst

Representing Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling, producers of “The Jinx” television documentary, in connection with their potential role as witnesses in the criminal prosecution of Robert Durst for the murder of Susan Berman, including reporters privilege issues. (Ongoing)

Steen v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP and Penguin Random House

Successfully defended publisher of Dr. Seuss book in copyright infringement suit. (2018)

Vaughn v. White (a/k/a Shaka Senghor)

Successfully defended author of acclaimed prison memoir titled "Writing My Wrongs" against claim of infliction of emotional distress brought by wife of murder victim. (2017)

American Freedom Defense Initiative v. MTA, Vaguely Qualified Productions v. MTA, Samuelson v. MTA

Advised MTA on adoption of revised advertising regulations for NYC subway system. Defended MTA in several First Amendment challenges to its advertising policy, including suit brought by advocacy group regarding rejection of its anti-Jihad advertisements. Continued counselling of MTA on application of advertising policy and other First Amendment issues. (2015 to present)

Wright v. Harry Belafonte and Random House

Successfully defended Harry Belafonte and Random House in a libel and right of publicity litigation brought against Mr. Belafonte’s memoir. (2017)

Authors Guild v. Google, Inc.

Submitted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of The Copyright Alliance in the 2nd Circuit and in support of Petition for Certiorari, addressing proper transformative use analysis for copyright infringement case based on mass digitization of books. (2015-2016)

Fox v. TV Eyes

Submitted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of several television networks in copyright infringement case against aggregator of television clips in district court and 2nd Circuit.

Times Square Alliance

Provides regular counseling to Times Square Alliance BID on the First Amendment constitutionality of potential regulations for Times Square, including successful advocacy leading to adoption of special zones in Times Square for pedestrian traffic and costume characters. (Ongoing)

In re: National Security Letter; American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper; and First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency

Represented PEN American Center, the authors’ organization, as amicus curiae, presenting the concerns of U.S. writers regarding the constitutionality of the use of National Security Letters that bar recipients from disclosing them and the mass collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency, in three separate cases. (2014-2015)

Associated Press v. Meltwater U.S. Holdings, Inc., et al.

Represented the Associated Press in a copyright infringement action against Meltwater News, a leading international subscription-based electronic media monitoring service that provides daily excerpts from news articles to its subscribers. In a precedent setting decision, the federal district court for the Southern District of New York granted AP’s motion for summary judgment on its copyright claim and rejected Meltwater's fair use defense, which was premised on its argument that it acted as a search engine. (2013)

Cajun Conti v. Upper Ground Enterprises and Fox Broadcasting Co.

Defeated preliminary injunction motion against "Kitchen Nightmares" starring Gordon Ramsay in case where plaintiff alleged that the episode regarding a New Orleans restaurant had been faked. Defended claims against Fox Broadcasting Co. and television production company including libel and trademark dilution. (2011)

Parisi v. Sinclair

Defended Barnes & Noble against libel case based on its distribution of a book and the description of the book on barnesandnoble.com. Obtained dismissal of the case under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the actual malice doctrine. (2011)

Arthur v. Offit

Defended Dr. Paul A. Offit, a well-known national spokesperson in favor of childhood vaccines, against libel suit brought by co-founder of National Vaccine Information Center. Obtained dismissal of suit on grounds that contested quotations from Dr. Offit in Wired magazine profile of him constituted “protected opinion.” (2010)

State v. Jimmy Sarrio

Obtained appellate court ruling on behalf of ITV Studios that "Steven Seagal Lawman" was protected by the Louisiana Shield Law. Won motion to quash subpoena for unbroadcast raw footage. (2010)

Clear Channel Outdoor v. The City of New York

Represented Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. in major First Amendment challenge to New York City’s prohibition against advertising along its arterial highways in commercial and manufacturing districts. (2010)

Association of American University Presses, et al. v. Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury

Represented a coalition of publishers' and authors' organizations challenging the application of U.S. trade embargoes to the publication of books and articles by authors in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. Regulations thoroughly revised as a result. (S.D.N.Y. 2007)

Carter-Clark v. Random House and Joseph Klein

Represented Joseph Klein and Random House and obtained dismissal of libel in fiction claim arising out of "Primary Colors." Affirmed on appeal. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2005)

Association of American University Presses

Regular outside counsel to trade association for university and scholarly presses.

Zoco Productions ("Dr. Oz Show"), Lucky 8 TV, ITV Studios, Cineflix and other television production companies

Provides regular pre-broadcast review and counseling for reality television programs (including police ride-along shows), talk shows, and other television programming. (Ongoing)

Artnet

Provides regular copyright, libel, and other intellectual property advice to leading art website. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Director of Litigation, Random House Inc., 1996-2003

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Princeton University Press

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide) by Chambers USA, 2015-2018
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Copyright Law by Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Selected to "New York Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2009, 2013-2017