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Curtis B. Krasik

Fax +1.412.355.6501

Mr. Krasik concentrates his practice in entertainment and media properties, intellectual property litigation, cyberspace issues, and commercial litigation. He has represented and counseled clients in the media, entertainment, music, consumer products and industrial sectors and served as first-chair trial counsel in trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition litigation.

Representative Matters
Mr. Krasik has litigated such cutting edge issues as:

  • The interplay between the Lanham Act and the First Amendment
  • Application of the copyright preemption doctrine to bar right of publicity and other common law claims against a copyrightable work
  • The respective rights of former members to exploit the names of their famous punk rock bands for merchandising
  • Ownership and control issues with respect to the music and merchandising interests of a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame member band
  • Copyright, trademark and right of publicity issues involved in launching a subscription-based over-the-top (“OTT”) network
  • Defamation issues relating to the media’s critical portrayal of celebrities
  • Defended a sports entertainment company against claims of traumatic brain injury in multiple class actions and wrongful death lawsuits
  • The scope of commercial advertising and promotion under the Lanham Act
  • Parody and First Amendment protected speech under the Lanham Act and Copyright Act
  • Application of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dastar v. Twentieth Century Fox to false designation of origin claims under the Lanham Act
  • The standard for the disgorgement of profits attributable to an infringement under the Copyright Act
  • The protectability of clothing/footwear designs under copyright law and trade dress law
  • The scope of musical interpretation permitted under the compulsory licensing provisions of the Copyright Act