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Linda Steinman

Linda Steinman has more than 25 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, and new 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 including pre-publication and pre-broadcasting review of publications, television shows (including reality programming), and documentaries. Linda also works with clients on intellectual property rights acquisition.

Representative Experience

American Freedom Defense Initiative v. MTA

Advises MTA on adoption of revised advertising regulations for NYC subway system. Currently defending MTA in First Amendment challenge brought by advocacy group regarding rejection of its anti-Jihad advertisements and constitutionality of new advertising policy. (S.D.N.Y. and 2d Cir. Ongoing)

Vaguely Qualified Productions v. MTA

Defended MTA in First Amendment challenge to rejection of advertisements under its new advertising policy. (S.D.N.Y. 2015-2016)

Wright v. Harry Belafonte and Random House

Defending Harry Belafonte and Random House in a libel and right of publicity litigation brought against Mr. Belafonte’s memoir. Won motion to dismiss in district court. Awaiting decision from 2nd Circuit on appeal. (Ongoing)

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 brief on behalf of several television networks in copyright infringement case against aggregator of television clips. (Ongoing)

Times Square Alliance

Provides regular counseling to Times Square BID on the First Amendment constitutionality of potential regulations for Times Square, including drafting of proposed regulations. (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. (9th Cir.; 2d Cir.; N.D. Cal. 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. (S.D.N.Y. 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 Obtained dismissal of the case under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the actual malice doctrine. (2011)

Ed Darack v. Random House

Defended Random House and Getty Images in copyright infringement case brought by photographer of cover photo on Jon Krakauer book. Defeated preliminary injunction motion against book publication. (2010)

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)

Arnold v. Flook and Random House

Successfully defended the author and publisher of "Invisible Eden: The Life and Death of Christa Worthington" in a defamation action brought by a former suspect in Worthington's murder. Summary judgment granted. (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. (2d Cir. 2010)

Handley v. Dr. Paul Offit and Columbia University Press

Defended Columbia University Press and author of "Autism’s False Profits" against false light claim. (2009)

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)

Ward v. Gene Simmons and VH1

Represented VH1 and Gene Simmons in a libel action concerning a documentary regarding KISS. (2007) Read more

Brown v. Perdue, et al.

Defended Dan Brown and Random House, author and publisher of best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" in copyright infringement case. Won summary judgment based on lack of substantial similarity of parties' books, affirmed on appeal. 2005 WL 1863673, 79 U.S.P.Q.2d 1958 (2d Cir. 2006)

TVL Broadcasting v. Granada and Discovery

Defended Granada America and Discovery Channel in a fair use suit regarding use of film footage of a notorious Rhode Island night club fire in a documentary series which aired on the Discovery Channel. (D.P.R. 2006)

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)

Random House, Inc. v. Rosetta Books LLC

Represented Random House in test case litigation on scope of publishers' electronic rights under standard grant clauses in publishing agreements. (2002)

Association of American University Presses

Regular outside counsel to trade association for university and scholarly presses, including as class member in litigation against Google regarding the Google Library Program. (Ongoing)

ITV Studios, Inc.

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


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

  • Women in Intellectual Property Subcommittee, New York City Bar Association, 2006-2009
  • Communications & Media Law Committee, Bar Association of the City of New York
  • Communications Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Freedom to Read Committee, Association of American Publishers, Co-counsel, 1987-1996; Member, 1996-2003  
  • 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, 2015-2017
  • 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