About Ray BeckermanI'm a business lawyer in New York City, at Ray Beckerman, P.C., with offices conveniently located in downtown Forest Hills, Queens. We represent small and medium sized businesses, are are well known for commercial litigation and copyright litigation. I'm the author of the copyright law blog, "Recording Industry vs The People", which Justia.com has rated as the #1 most popular all time copyright law blog in the U.S. I'm "NewYorkCountryLawyer" on Slashdot.org, and @RayBeckerman on Twitter.
Directory Practice Areas
- Appeals & Appellate
- Business Law
- Communications & Internet Law
- Entertainment & Sports
- Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Areas
- Constitutional Law
- General Civil
- Internet Law
- Software Law
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- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|U.S. Supreme Court|
|US District Court EDNY|
|US District Court SDNY|
|President, Ray Beckerman, PC|
|Partner, Vandenberg & Feliu LLP|
|Partner, Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP|
|Owner, Ray Beckerman & Associates, PC|
|Partner, Gallet Dreyer & Berkey|
|Owner, Ray Beckerman, Attorney at Law|
|Litigation Associate, Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Lehrer|
|Litigation associate, Lowey Dannenberg & Knapp|
|Law Clerk, Summer Associate, Student Litigation Associate, Litigation Associate, Phillips Nizer LLP|
|St. John's University School of Law - St. John's University||J.D. (1978)||Cum Laude|
|Honors: Graduated cum laude. Winner of Federal Bar Council's Cornelius W. Wickersham, Jr., Award in Constitutional Law; American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law and Business Organizations; named to St. John's Law Review.|
|Activities: St. John's Law Review 1975-76. Worked full time at Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon.|
|City University of New York - Lehman College||B.A.||English Literature; Classics|
|Activities: Editor in Chief of school newspaper, Meridian. Member of Editorial Board of literary magazine, Echo.|
|City University of New York - Brooklyn College|
|Activities: Cub sports reporter on college newspaper, The Kingsman.|
|Member||Entertainment Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York||2012-Current|
|Member||Association of the Bar of the City of New York||1978-Current|
|Former member, Copyright Law Committee, Information Technology Law Committee, Entertainment Law Committee, Civil Court Committee||Association of the Bar of the City of New York||1983-2012|
|AV ranking, Martindale Hubbell|
|Every year since 1984|
|Cornelius W. Wickersham, Jr, Award in Constitutional Law, Federal Bar Council|
|AmJur Award in Business Organizations, American Jurisprudence|
|AmJur Award in Constitutional Law, American Jurisprudence|
|Appointed to Law Review, St. John's Law Review|
|Member of the Bar of the Court, US Supreme Court|
|Member of the Bar of the Court, US Court of Appeals 3d Circuit|
|Member of the Bar of the Court, US Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit|
|Member of the Bar of the Courts, New York State Bar|
|Member , Association of the Bar of the City of New York|
|Member of the Bar of the Court, US District Courts Southern and Eastern Districts of New York|
- Overall: 119th
- This Year: 36th
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Q: Where do I go to find out information about a company with an LLC in NYC?
A: You would do a business entity search on the Department of State's website here: http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/bus_entity_search.html
Q: Who should I ask for the copyrights to use a few passages from THE CATCHER IN THE RYE in the book I am getting published
A: You should consult with a copyright attorney such as myself to see if it's necessary to get permission for the use you have in mind. Then, if we determine it is necessary, then we would make a few phone calls and find out from whom we'd need to get permission.
Q: Did a Google search of my name and a public record court decision was found.
A: It may not be possible. We would need to see what you are talking about.
Q: I GOT AN ORDER FROM JUDGE THAT STOP SELLING SOME MERCHANDISE. HOW CAN I FILL THE CASE TO RELEASE THE ORDER
A: You need to provide the legal documents to a qualified litigation law firm like ours, and we will then discuss it with you and come up with a strategy to fight it.
Q: How do I convert my NY LLC into a s corporation
A: You can't convert an LLC into an S corporation. You can start a new corporation, and then file an election to be an S corporation, but not all corporations qualify for S corporation treatment. My firm does incorporations for a modest price.
Q: What are the limitations on the united state's right to judicial review
A: The United States has similar rights of review to any other litigant, and certain expanded rights in certain cases, such as, e.g., where a court has declared a federal statute to be unconstitutional.
Q: If I own content in the U.S., how will copyright work outside the U.S. such as in India and Phillippines?
A: It's determined by different treaties, and also by the practical realities of how different countries enforce copyright laws. You would need to consult with an international copyright lawyer, and you would have to give much more specific factual information in order to get a meaningful answer to your question.
Q: How can I obtain/review a copy of a business certificate (have Certificate #) to find out who the owner/owners are?
A: Most states have websites for the Secretary of State which enable you to do a name search for some, but not all, types of business entities. However, the certificates would rarely identify the business owners are. This is often confidential.
Q: Can I use the english name zilich on my game-board if another company has it trademark?
A: Probably not, especially if they are using it as a trademark for games. But we would need to know more facts to give you a definitive answer.
WEBSITES & BLOGS
Blog: Recording Industry vs The People
Second Circuit permits interlocutory appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo Excellent comment by Andrew Bridges on proposed "making available" right "Florida Judge dismisses a Malibu case because Lipscomb failed to establish a connection between an IP address and person" ~ @FightCopyTrolls Ex-MP3tunes chief held liable in music copyright case ~ Reuters Plaintiffs withdraw their appeal in Viacom v. YouTube My article on Authors Guild v Google, in e-commerce law reports "Why YouTube's Automated Copyright Takedown System Hurts Artists" ~ TorrentFreak Motions for summary judgment and spoliation sanctions filed in Grooveshark case, Arista v Escape Media Capitol Records v MP3 Tunes, trial to start Tuesday February 25th in Manhattan
Blog: Ray's 2.0
How to find info thru Twitter: lesson I learned from Leslie (@1txsage1957), Libero (@ldellapiana), & Eric (@ebrooks) What to do if Twitter account hijacked & sending out spam DM's or tweets My next phase in mobile tweeting... iphone with @tweetlist Any thoughts on best twitter app for iphone? The basics of twitter lists My advice to indie musicians about Twitter Retweet the old fashioned way, using 'classic' or 'traditional' retweets only The lesson I've learned about URL-shorteners Twitter Basics
The dissenting opinion in McCutcheon v FEC #oligarchy Democracy vs. Oligarchy ~ @SenSanders Cesar Chavez movie opening weekend ~ @UFWupdates Left Forum 2014, May 30-June 1, NYC Upcoming events from @RethinkSchools #edujustice Madison WI, Philadelphia PA New Yorkers, get on the bus to Albany March 20th New Cesar Chavez Film Inspires Activism, Hope for Change "Silence equals death" ~ Ellen Shaffer @ershaffer #TrustWomen "New York City" ~ @RamyaRamana #NYC #poetry #diversity
creating jobs based on fossil fuels is good. creating jobs based on renewable energy sources is bad #rightwingdoublespeak— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 20.6 minutes ago
I was there --> "Ohio:Get up on the Bus" by "Wil b" http://goo.gl/LmxBl4 Freedom Winter Bus Ride Jan '05— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 27.6 minutes ago
"Johannesburg" Gil Scott-Heron http://goo.gl/HeXAuv #music #freedom— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 30.6 minutes ago
"This land is your land" Sarah Lee Guthrie http://goo.gl/hh3pLo #music #freedom— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 47.2 minutes ago
blessed are the poor, for their children make up most of our military #rightwingreligion— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 51.7 minutes ago
"Go down Moses" Paul Robeson http://goo.gl/w7Qrh #music #freedom #gospel— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 52.7 minutes ago
"Shake, rattle and roll" Big Joe Turner & Paul Williams Band http://goo.gl/EbYD3 #music #rockandroll #rock— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 1.1 hours ago
"Move on Over (John Brown's Body)" Len Chandler http://goo.gl/rGXn2y #music #freedom— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 1.1 hours ago
"Ballad of Martin Luther King" Rev Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick ("Brother Kirk") http://goo.gl/ahXxQ #music #freedom— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 1.3 hours ago
choice=letting senior citizens negotiate with health insurance carriers #rightwingdoublespeak— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 1.4 hours ago