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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1998

Marcia B. Paul


Marcia Paul concentrates on media and intellectual property litigation and counseling, representing clients on copyright, trademark, libel, and advertising matters including many of the world's major media companies, as well as general commercial litigation. Marcia has tried many cases in various state and federal courts around the country and before various arbitral tribunals, including jury trials, on a wide range of legal issues and in many industries. She has tried complex litigation, frequently involving multinational and cross-border issues.

Representative Experience

Carey et al. v. Sheeran et al.

Representing Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Sony Music Entertainment in a music copyright infringement action brought by the composers of an Australian song alleging that the song "The Rest of Our Life," performed by McGraw and Hill and released by Sony, infringes their copyright in a song entitled "When I Found You." (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Jeehoon Park v. Skidmore Owings & Merrell, et al.

Representing SOM and other defendants in an architectural copyright infringement action brought by an architect who claims 1 World Trade Center infringes his graduate school design for a skyscraper. (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Michael May v. Sony Music et al.

Representing all defendants in a music copyright infringement action brought by the composer of a Jamaican dance hall song against Miley Cyrus, Sony, the songwriters, and others alleging that the defendants’ song "We Can’t Stop" infringes his copyright in a song entitled "We Run Things." (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Oyewole v. Ora et al.

Successfully represented Roc Nation as defendant in a copyright infringement action alleging that the song "Party! (and Bullshit)," performed by Rita Ora, infringes plaintiff’s copyright in a spoken word song "When the Revolution Comes," prevailing on motion to dismiss on fair use. (S.D.N.Y., 2nd Cir. Ongoing)

Penguin Random House et al. v. Colting et al.

Successfully represented PRH, Simon & Schuster, and representatives of the estates of Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Kerouac as plaintiffs in a copyright infringement action, prevailing on summary judgment, finding that defendants “KinderGuides” infringed their famous novels. (S.D.N.Y. 2017)

PK Music Performance Inc. v. Timberlake et al.

Representing defendants Justin Timberlake and Sony Music in a copyright infringement action alleging that the song “Damn Girl” infringes the plaintiff’s musical composition rights in the song “A New Day Is Here At Last.” (S.D.N.Y. Ongoing)

Montauk Juice v. Starbucks

Represented Starbucks in trademark infringement action brought by owner of purported mark UNICORN LATTE complaining of Starbucks’ limited time offer of a beverage named “Unicorn FRAPPUCCINO.” Case settled. (E.D.N.Y. 2017)

VHT Studios Inc. v. Zillow Group Inc. et al.

Representing VHT in a copyright infringement suit for the unauthorized copying of thousands of photographic images owned by VHT on Zillow’s Digs home-design website and on properties not actively listed for sale on Zillow’s central listing website. Obtained favorable jury verdict after seven-day trial. (W.D. Wash. 2017, 9th Circ. Ongoing)

Cure Media Group v. FCB Worldwide

Represented FCB Worldwide in a trademark infringement action brought by the owner of the mark CURE for, inter alia, a cancer magazine by reason of the adoption of the trade name FCBCURE for advertising agencies in the health care field. (D.N.J. 2016)

Psychic Readers Network Inc. v. General Mills et al.

Represented defendants General Mills and its advertising agency, McCann, in a suit for copyright and trademark infringement arising from defendants’ online video advertisements for French Toast Crunch cereal featuring the “psychic” of 90s renown, “Miss Cleo.” (S.D. Fla. 2016)

The Beastie Boys Partnership v. Monster Energy Company

Represented Monster on appeal to the 2nd Circuit from a jury verdict of copyright and trademark infringement arising from the use by Monster of portions of five songs owned by the band in a video recap of a snowboarding event sponsored by Monster in the Canadian Rockies. (2d Cir. 2016)

Greenberg Smoked Turkeys Inc. v. Goode-Cook, Inc. et al.

Represented Microsoft in an action for unfair competition arising from the offer for sale of keywords allegedly constituting trademarks owned by plaintiff to trigger Bing searches. (Dist. Ct. Smith Co. Tex. 2015)

Morel v. Agence France Press

Represented Getty Images in an action for copyright infringement brought by a Haitian photographer alleging that the licensing of his photos of the Haitian earthquake by AFP and Getty Images infringed his copyright in those photos. (S.D.N.Y. 2015)

American Express Marketing & Development Corp. v. Blackcardstatus LLC

Represented AMEX in trademark infringement suit alleging that defendants are infringing AMEX’s The BLACK CARD name and mark. (W.D. Pa. 2014)

Poquito Mas v. Taco Bell

Represented Taco Bell in trademark infringement action alleging that Taco Bell’s use of the slogan "LIVE MÁS" infringed the POQUITO MAS trademark. (C.D. Cal. 2014)

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization et al. v. American Music Theatre

Represented Rodgers & Hammerstein in a copyright infringement action against the owners and operators of a regional theatre which has produced and performed dramatico-musical works, the copyrights in which are owned by plaintiffs, constituting “grand rights,” without license or authority. (E.D. Pa. 2014)

Auerbach et al. v. Manhattan Production Music and Pinnacle Entertainment

Represented defendants in a music copyright infringement action brought by the owners of all rights in the musical composition "Howling Wolf," written and performed by The Black Keys, alleging infringement by use of a song entitled "The Howler" in a television commercial for Pinnacle-owned casinos. Case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2013)

Highbridge Company LLC v. AudioGo Ltd.

Represented AudioGo in copyright infringement action brought by Audio’s former licensor of the rights to audiobook versions of "The Time Traveler’s Wife." Case Settled. (D. Minn. 2013)

Lang et al. v Morris

Represented artist Sarah Morris in copyright infringement action alleging certain paintings she created infringed the copyrights in allegedly original origami patterns created by plaintiffs. Case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2013)

Munchkin Inc. v. Playtex Products LLC

Represented Playtex in false advertising jury trial involving superiority claims as to the odor control capabilities of the parties' diaper pails. (C.D. Cal., 9th Cir. 2011-2013)

Watson et al. v MTV Networks et al.

Represented MTVN in breach of contract and fraud action arising from use of plaintiffs’ address and other personal indicia in an episode of the television series "Chubby Chaser." Prevailed on motion to dismiss, (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., 2013)

Auerbach et al. v. Pizza Hut, The Interpublic Group of Companies, The Martin Agency, and Thirtieth Century Music

Defended suit brought by owners of all copyright interests in "Gold on the Ceiling," written and performed by The Black Keys, alleging copyright infringement of their music by reason of use of allegedly substantially similar music in audio background of television commercial for Pizza Hut Cheezy Bites. Case settled. (C.D. Cal. 2012)

CarFreshner v. Getty Images

Defended Getty Images in a trade dress infringement action alleging photographic images in the company's database depicting plaintiff's tree-shaped car freshener products constituted infringement of its product configuration trademark. After Court granted Getty Images’ motion to dismiss, in part, successfully resolved the matter without any finding of liability. (N.D.N.Y. 2012)

Erick Van Egeraat v. NBBJ LLC et al.

Defended NBBJ, a Seattle-based architectural firm, in a copyright action brought by a Dutch architect alleging that NBBJ’s architectural design for a multi-use residential and commercial skyscraper complex in Moscow, infringed the Dutch architect’s earlier design for that project. Plaintiff claimed copyright infringement under both United States and Russian copyright law and unfair competition under the Lanham Act. NBBJ was retained by the Russian developer, The Capital Group, and furnished with some preliminary plans, apparently prepared by the Dutch architectural firm. NBBJ made very substantial changes to the plans and the building was thereafter built in Russia. Plaintiff's predecessor–in–interest (who thereafter filed for bankruptcy in a Dutch receivership proceeding) brought an arbitration proceeding in Stockholm, Sweden against the Russian developer of the building and prevailed on a claim under Russian law for copyright infringement. The U.S. case then settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2012)

Munchkin Inc. v. Playtex Products LLC

Represented Playtex in an action brought by Munchkin, a direct competitor of Playtex with respect to sippy cups, involving Munchkin's claim that Playtex's advertising superiority claim "#1 Sippy Cup" is false and misleading advertising under both the Lanham Act and California state law. The case settled. (C.D. Cal. 2012) 

Paul Lis DJ Paulie Broadcasting LLC v. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom

Defended MTV and Viacom in a trademark infringement action brought by plaintiff, a disc jockey who claims to have done business for many years under the name and mark DJ Paulie, in connection with the character DJ Pauly D. in the program "Jersey Shore," aired on MTV Networks. Case settled. (D. Conn. 2012)

Richard Feiner and Company, Inc. v. Paramount Pictures Corporation

Represented Paramount Pictures in action for breach of contract concerning the rights to exploit 17 motion pictures in certain geographic markets. Summary judgment granted on appeal. (1st Dept. 2012) 

American Rights Management v. Viacom 18 USA Inc.

Represented a series of Indian film production and distribution companies in an action for copyright infringement involving a Hindi language motion picture entitled "Singh is Kiing" instituted by the purported owner of copyright interests in several prior works. Case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Cardillo v. BBC Worldwide Americas, et al.

Defended the BBC and BBC Worldwide America in a copyright infringement and theft of ideas action brought by an individual alleging that the TV series "The Great American Road Trip" infringed his format for a reality television program allegedly submitted to the Travel Channel and retransmitted to the BBC. Motion to dismiss granted. 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103153 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)

Clifton Mallery v. NBC Universal

Represented NBC in a copyright action brought by plaintiffs claiming that the television program "Heroes" infringed their copyright in a documentary and manuscript about their lives as divination artists. Summary judgment granted for defendants; affirmed by the 2nd Circuit; certiorari petition denied. 2009 WL 1532494 (2d Cir. 2010) Read more

DirecTV v. Dish Network

Represented Dish Network in a false advertising action by DirecTV involving commercials for competing satellite television services; temporary restraining order against Dish denied and case thereafter settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2010)

Mars Incorporated v. The Hershey Company

Represented The Hershey Company in a copyright, false advertising, and trade dress infringement action by Mars against Hershey in connection with television commercial for and packaging of Hershey's BLISS chocolate. Case settled. (E.D. Va. 2010)

Salinger v. Colting

Represented J.D. Salinger in a copyright infringement action against the author, publisher and distributor of a self-proclaimed sequel to "The Catcher in the Rye." Motion for preliminary injunction was granted and appealed to the 2nd Circuit where the matter was vacated and remanded. Permanent injunction entered; case settled. 641 F. Supp. 2d 250 (S.D.N.Y., 2d Cir. 2010)

Child Model et al. v. DraftFCB

Defended Draft FCB in an action for defamation and violation of sections of the New York Civil Rights Law. Action brought by two professional models alleging that use of their photographs in an advertisement for agencies involved in counseling addicts defamed them by implying that they were former meth addicts. (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

Friendly Family Productions v. Little House on the Prairie, Inc.

Represented Friendly Family Productions, the owner of the trademark and merchandising rights in the famed book and television series each titled "Little House On The Prairie," against a corporation operating a small museum and gift shop on what is alleged to be the historic site of a venue described in the book and television series, which had launched a website from which it was selling branded merchandise. The case was settled on the eve of trial. (C.D. Cal. 2009)

Harris v. Simon & Schuster, Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Represented defendant publishers in an action for copyright infringement arising from the licensing of a passage from a copyrighted work for inclusion in standardized tests. Case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

J.K. Idema v. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, et al.

Defended the Australian Broadcasting Corporation against claims of defamation and copyright infringement allegedly arising from a television program about plaintiff's credentials as a media expert on counter-terrorism in Afghanistan and related Web postings. Motion to dismiss granted; appeal to 2nd Circuit dismissed. 91 U.S.P.Q.2d 1281 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

Beeload v. BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Represented BBC Worldwide in an action alleging, inter alia, breach of contract involving the right to distribute music from the BBC pop and rock archives. BBCW prevailed after trial. (D. Me. 2008)

Dalia Gal v. Viacom, et al.

Defended author Mary Higgins Clark and publisher Simon & Schuster, among others, in a copyright infringement action arising out of Ms. Clark's novel "The Second Time Around." Secured summary judgment for defendants. 518 F. Supp. 2d 526 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)

Jonesfilm v. Lions Gate Entertainment

Represented Lions Gate and other defendants in an action instituted by Jonesfilm for alleged infringement of its claimed trademark in the title of the motion picture "9 1/2 Weeks;" involved prequel rights; tried before IFTA after two 2nd Circuit appeals; confirmed and affirmed on appeal to 9th Circuit. 299 F.3d 134 (2d Cir. 2002), 65 F. App'x 361 (2d Cir. 2003) (2d Cir., 9th Cir. 2008)

Walker v. Viacom International Inc., et al.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants creator, animation studio, distributor, and licensor of franchised animated cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants and television series in copyright infringement case involving claims of stand-alone character protection and story line infringement. 2008 WL 2050964; N.D. Cal, May 13, 2008; 2010 WL 236758 (9th Cir. 2008)

Direct TV v. EchoStar Communications Grp.

Represented Echostar Satellite Corporation Grp. in declaratory judgment actions raising issue of whether use of competitor's trademark as a search term is a trademark use and/or trademark infringement. Defeated motion to dismiss; thereafter settled. (S.D.N.Y., C.D. Cal. 2007)

Shine v. David M. Childs and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Represented architectural firm that designed original Freedom Tower in action involving alleged copyright infringement of architectural design of Yale architecture student. Settled after motion to dismiss granted in part. 382 F. Supp. 2d 602 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)

Stephen Dupont v. NBC Universal

Represented NBC in a copyright infringement action brought by plaintiff freelance photographer who filmed the Taliban burning incident in Afghanistan; NBC asserted fair use defense. Settled during pendency of motion for judgment on the pleadings. (S.D.N.Y. 2006)

Interplay v. Atari Incorporated

Defended Atari on T.R.O. and preliminary injunction regarding termination of copyright and trademark licenses for video games. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Comm. Div. 2005)

E. Benton v. Liberation Publications

Obtained dismissal on appeal of libel and right of publicity claims arising out of use of plaintiff's photograph on cover of novel allegedly falsely implying he was homosexual. (2004)

Atari Incorporated v. Majesco

Represented Atari in an action for breach of distributorship agreement and fraud regarding license to manufacture and distribute video games; judgment for plaintiff. (D. Mass. 2003)

Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien v. Perry

Represented the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien as plaintiff in a copyright infringement action against Inkling Books based on chronology of "Lord of the Rings." Preliminary injunction granted; settled thereafter. (W.D. Wash. 2003)

Miramax Films Corporation v. Abraham

Represented Miramax in contract dispute with international film producer over remake rights and options in certain films. (S.D.N.Y. 2003)

Torah Soft Ltd. v. Drosnin

Represented Simon & Schuster, Inc., the author, and other defendants in two actions, one alleging copyright infringement by use of printouts allegedly generated from plaintiff's computer software programs in the book "The Bible Code," and the second for breach of an alleged agreement to credit the programmer in the book. Won summary judgment for defendants in copyright action and partial summary judgment on contract action and later prevailed on remaining claims in contract action. 136 F. Supp.2d 276 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (copyright action); 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17413 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (contract action)

Byrne v. BBC*

Defended the BBC against copyright infringement, defamation, and Lanham Act moral rights claims arising from BBC documentary regarding gun running in Florida for the IRA. Song used by New York Irish radio station as theme song plays in documentary without synch license. Defamation claim dismissed; thereafter settled. (2d Cir. 2001)

Estate of William Jenkins v. Paramount Pictures*

Defense of trademark action brought by heirs of science fiction writer who authored a story called "First Contact," which plaintiffs claimed was infringed by Paramount's release of "Star Trek: First Contact." Summary judgment for defendants, affirmed on appeal. (4th Cir. 2001)

Upper Deck, Inc. v. Topps, Inc.*

Represented Topps, Inc. as co-plaintiff, together with other trading card companies, in a declaratory judgment action against Upper Deck Trading Cards involving Upper Deck's claim of trade dress exclusivity with respect to the use of an aperture to display memorabilia in trading cards. Case settled. (E.D. Pa. 2001)

Boosey & Hawkes v. Walt Disney*

Represented music publishers in a case alleging foreign copyright and Lanham Act moral rights violations arising from the videocassette release of "Fantasia," which incorporated the copyrighted musical work "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky. Summary judgment for plaintiff; affirmed in part, reversed in part on appeal. (2d Cir. 2000)

EMI Music v. Spalding, Inc., et al.*

Represented Hill Holliday, Connors Cosmopulos, and Spalding in an action for unfair competition instituted by EMI Music Publishing in connection with a television commercial for Spalding golf clubs that used music that allegedly sounded like a musical composition for which EMI owned the copyright. The 2nd Circuit reversed the grant of summary judgment to defendants, but held that in a case of first impression, a song could not function as a trademark. (2d Cir. 2000)

Ohio Players v. Polygram Records, Inc.*

Represented PolyGram Records in a breach of contract action brought by the Ohio Players with regard to PolyGram's right to license certain master recordings produced under an exclusive recording agreement for use in connection with television advertisements. (S.D.N.Y. 2000)

Penguin Classics v. Oxford University Press*

Action for trade dress infringement based upon distinctive cover for Penguin's Classics series; preliminary injunction granted. (2000)

Prima v. Darden Restaurants, Inc.*

Represented Grey Advertising and Darden Restaurants in defense of an action for violation of the right of publicity of the deceased performer Louis Prima and false advertising by reason of use of an alleged Prima sound-alike in a commercial for the Olive Garden Restaurants. (D.N.J. 2000)

Blockbuster Entertainment v. The City of Tempe, AZ*

Successful constitutional challenge to zoning ordinances on grounds that they were preempted by a section of the Lanham Act prohibiting state statutes or regulations that cause the alteration of trademarks used in interstate commerce. Affirmed on appeal. WL 172777 (9th Cir. 1999)

Estate of Billy Strayhorn v. Music Sales Corp.*

Represented Music Sales Corporation as plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action against the heirs of Billy Strayhorn and the former executor of his estate regarding the validity of certain purported terminations of transfers of renewal copyrights in some of Strayhorn's musical compositions. Case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 1999)

New York Magazine, a division of PRIMEDIA Inc. v. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority*

Represented New York Magazine in an action against the Metropolitan Transit Authority for civil rights violations because of the MTA's decision to remove a series of advertisements from the outside of New York City buses on the complaint of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani that they violated his right of publicity. Judgment for plaintiff, affirmed on appeal. (2d Cir. 1998)

Parfums De Coeur, Ltd. v. Fragrance Impressions*

Represented Parfums de Coeur in an action for false advertising based on competitor's comparative advertisements for alternative designer fragrances and defended antitrust counter-claim. (S.D.N.Y. 1997)

Simon & Schuster, Inc. v. Dove Audio, Inc.*

Represented Simon & Schuster and Dr. William Bennett in a suit against Dove Audio for trademark infringement and unfair competition in connection with the trademark of "The Book of Virtues." Prevailed after trial. (2d Cir. 1997)

Lipton v. The Nature Company*

False advertising and copyright infringement based on taking Lipton's compilation of animal terms of venery for use on merchandise. Summary judgment for plaintiff; affirmed in relevant part on appeal. (2d Cir. 1995)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • The Copyright Society of the United States
  • Planning Committee, 2nd Circuit Judicial Conference, 2007-2010
  • Member; Former Trustee; The Federal Courts Committee – The Federal Bar Council
  • Member, The Entertainment Law Committee, 2015-2018; Member, Former Member, Copyright Committee; Former Member, Communications Committee; Former Member, State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction Committee – Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Professional Recognition

  • First annual recipient, American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 2nd Circuit, 2002
  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chambers USA in Media & Entertainment: Copyright & Contract Disputes (New York), 2004-2016; Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright (New York), 2010-2018; Media & Entertainment: Litigation (New York), 2017-2018
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation, in Intellectual Property Law, in First Amendment Law, and in Media Law by Best Lawyers, 2007-present; named in Bet-the-Company Litigation and in Entertainment Law, 2010-present
  • Named to Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP, 2013 
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as New York City's "Lawyer of the Year" in Media Law, 2012; selected in Entertainment Law, 2019
  • Selected to "New York Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006-2017
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