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Reitler Expands Its New York Entertainment and IP Litigation Practice

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Reitler announced today the expansion of its Entertainment and Intellectual Property Litigation practice with the strategic addition of Paul LiCalsi to their New York office. Reitler has internationally recognized litigators specializing in all aspects of entertainment, copyright and trademark litigation and represents multinational corporations, major cultural institutions, independent record and publishing companies, as well as performers and songwriters.

LiCalsi joins as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment and IP Litigation practice. He is a seasoned litigator who has worked in a wide variety of industries, with a particular concentration in entertainment and media. LiCalsi is proficient in the complexities of high-stakes commercial and intellectual property disputes and has represented many leading entertainment and media institutions and individuals, including Apple Corps Limited (the Beatles), Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dominic Dunne and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

His experience includes copyright, trademark, internet rights, enforcement of personal services contracts, commercial disputes, rights of publicity and unfair competition, and he speaks frequently on issues at the frontlines of entertainment, media and intellectual property. LiCalsi brings the same dedication and passion that distinguishes his longstanding career as a litigator to his community, specifically to his service on the Board of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

“We are thrilled to have Paul join our team; his experience as a litigator broadens the depth of services we can offer clients, specifically in our entertainment practice,” said Brian Caplan, a partner in the firm’s entertainment practice.

Reitler’s experienced Entertainment and IP Litigation team is led by partners Brian Caplan and Bob Clarida.

Caplan has more than 34 years’ experience litigating a broad range of entertainment, intellectual property and commercial matters. His clients have included recording artists and producers, songwriters, publishing companies, record labels, personal managers, business management, accounting firms, professional athletes, small business owners and dealers in fine art.

Clarida oversees Reitler’s intellectual property practice, which has been rated Tier 1 in New York and Tier 3 nationally. He is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk. Clarida is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues. He is the author of the treatise “COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK” (BNA 2009).

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/reitler-expands-york-entertainment-ip-203000327.html

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Barbie Goes Glam Rock to Honor David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

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BARBIE has been many things over the years. Now, she’s dressed as Ziggy Stardust.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie’s iconic “Space Oddity,” Barbie overseers at Mattel released a collectible version of the doll dressed as Ziggy Stardust, one of his most beloved alter egos.

Barbie wears the metallic Ziggy space suit with red and blue stripes, flared shoulders and cherry red platform boots. Mattel spared no makeup, featuring the astral sphere smack in the middle of Ziggy Barbie’s forehead. The doll’s hair is fiery red.

The $50, limited edition doll was created in collaboration with The David Bowie Archive.

The beloved rocker died in 2016 after battling cancer. He was 69.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2019-07-15/barbie-goes-glam-rock-to-honor-david-bowies-ziggy-stardust

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Jennifer Lopez Forced to End New York City Concert Early Due to Massive Power Outage

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The Big Apple went dark Saturday night, and for those at Madison Square Garden that meant no Jennifer Lopez.

The songstress had only just started her show when a massive power outage swept across New York City, spelling an early end to her show as the theater was evacuated.

Lopez took to Instagram to share a message with her fans and explain that the show had been canceled due to the unforeseeable circumstances.

“The power is out in NYC and at MSG. Heartbroken to say tonight’s show is cancelled. We will reschedule. Love you all!!! Stay safe!” Lopez captioned the clip.

“We had just started our show,” the singer explained in the video. “They’re asking everybody to evacuate, very slowly and calmly, and obviously that’s what were going to have to do.”
Lopez later posted a second message expressing her disappointment over not getting the chance to perform for her many excited fans.

“Devastated and heartbroken that I can’t perform for all of you tonight. We will make this up to you, I promise! I love you!!” Lopez shared.

Gayle King, who was in attendance at Lopez’s Madison Square Garden concert when the blackout occurred, shared two videos to her Instagram. The first showed a bit of the entertainer’s performance, and the second focused on the aftermath of the incident and the confused audience.

“Uhhh yeah so I actually made it to @jlo concert and then what had happened ‘wuz’ swipe left… now wondering the streets in an Uber trying to find a hotel room,” King captioned the slideshow. “My apt has NO power and I live on the 27th floor … funny thought my place had a back up generator …”

The arena later tweeted confirming the news of the cancellations and plans to reschedule.

“Due to power outage issues in parts of Manhattan, which included Madison Square Garden, tonight’s Jennifer Lopez show was forced to end early. We will follow up with tickets buyers to tonight’s show with more information as soon as we have it,” Madison Square Garden tweeted hours after the incident.

The black out, which police reportedly believe was started by a transformer fire, swept the west side of Manhattan and left over 73,000 people without power, according to NBC New York. Power is currently being restored, but many residents remain in the dark.

Coincidentally, the blackout occurred on the anniversary of the infamous 1977 New York City blackout, which led to mass chaos in the city.

Lopez’s show has been rescheduled for Monday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.

Source: https://www.etonline.com/jennifer-lopez-forced-to-end-new-york-city-concert-early-due-to-massive-power-outage-128523

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Protesters stage die-in at Washington Square Park amid recent increase in cyclist deaths

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Demonstrators staged a ‘die-in’ at a New York City park Tuesday night, following the recent increase in deaths of bicyclists in the city.

During the protest at Washington Square Park, there was a tense confrontation just outside the park between cyclists and the NYPD.

“This is the New York City police department,” was the message from a police loudspeaker. “You are unlawfully in the roadway obstructing traffic. You are ordered to leave the roadway and utilize the sidewalk.”

Cyclists rode down Fifth Avenue in protest, boiling mad after police used a squad car to box in a cyclist last week in the East Village.

Police said it was because that cyclist refused to pull over after officers said he blew through several red lights.

“Ride with us! Ride with us! I’m telling you one ride you guys will change your perspective!”, said one cyclist.

The cyclists who squared off with police were just a small faction of the hundreds of demonstrators who turned out to protest, staging a mass die-in.
They were angry at Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Department of Transportation, and police. 15 cyclists have been killed by vehicles so far this year, more than all of last year.

“Some people say there are too many people on bikes in New York,” one protester said. “We say there are too many cars. It is time to change how we build our streets.”

“There’s still an over sympathizing with car owners and attachment to car culture even within the NYPD at the highest levels,” said New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

“I’m looking to keep cyclists safe,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday. “I don’t want anybody to walk away from this press conference thinking that’s not my primary concern. We’ve had 15 bicyclists killed so far this year. That’s a concern to me personally, that’s a concern to the NYPD.”

The mayor calls it a crisis, saying he is deeply worried about the fatalities and is vowing to do something different.

The protest was largely peaceful, with one cyclist arrested for disorderly conduct.

The Department of Transportation released the following statement:
“This year’s recent cyclist fatalities are senseless tragedies on our roads, and our thoughts are with all of the victims’ friends and family. We continue our Vision Zero efforts to engineer safer streets and add more bike lanes to our growing network, and details on the new cyclist safety plan we are working on will be released later this month. To date, we have already averaged over 20 miles of protected bike lanes a year for the last three years, more than any other administration.”

The DOT said the safety plan will include:
–New and expanded cycling infrastructure citywide that will further protect cyclists.
–New cycling-oriented policy changes, some of which will be pursued through state or city legislation.
–Increased public awareness and education programs that focus on cyclist safety, including aggressive outreach to truckers and industry partners.
–Further enhanced NYPD enforcement and work with the State on better truck enforcement.

Source: https://abc7ny.com/die-in-held-at-nyc-park-to-protest-recent-increase-in-cyclist-deaths/5386527/

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