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.
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- Communications & Internet Law
- Constitutional Law
- Entertainment & Sports
- General Civil
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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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- This Year: 11 Answers
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
Google books case dismissed on fair use grounds TechDirt: Prenda Loses Big Again; Court Orders It To Pay Back Settlement Money, Refers To Law Enforcement Preliminary injunction denied in Hearst v. Aereo Aereo officers required to be deposed about patent applications Vimeo held to be covered by DMCA safe harbor in Capitol Records v. Vimeo Government seeks input as to copyright policy for digital age Dismissal motions denied in NY cases Patrick Collins v Doe 1 & Malibu Media v Does 1-11 First Circuit affirms $675k verdict, calls Tenenbaum conduct "egregious" No multiple statutory damage award for single infringed work ~ Agence France Presse v Morel
Blog: Ray's 2.0
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 Coalition for Queens Presents "Access Code" : learn how to build your own iPhone & iPad apps; no background required Wasted characters Ways in which Twitter foolishly diminishes interactivity My @YouTube channel isn't completely lost, it's just harder to find More insanity: Twitter's blocking tweets as "unsolicited mentions"
Workmen's Circle Mourns Nelson Mandela Tea Party thinks it's a "home run" to take away peoples' jobs Fundriaising appeal from the good folks at @DailyKos NYC-built roads in Catskills imperil environment, health, safety of residents & NYC water Network for Public Education -- 1st National Conference - March 1 & 2, 2014 @NetworkPublicEd Join Walmart workers on Black Friday #occupy #occupywallstreet #ows To help @RebelDiaz send people to protest SOA "School of the Americas" (a/k/a School for Torture) "Avrom Sutzkever: Legendary Poet and Hero of the Vilna Ghetto" Sun 11/3, 3 PM #NYC Awesome new video from @deBlasioNYC envisions a NY for NYers. Radical idea :)
RT @HectorSolon "Suffer #Detroit's Little Children to Become Victims of For-Profiteers" http://t.co/KrHRWTgfZy— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6 hours ago
RT @TweettheSouth: #BobbyJindal & #Gulen leader Kemal Oksuz, a contributor to the GOP. http://t.co/kwxF2UPBJO @DianeRavitch— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.1 hours ago
RT @Cocoxochitl: Oh, we love our Dr Diane too. RT @DianeRavitch: Last Night in Red Hook... http://wp.me/p2odLa-6Ei— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.1 hours ago
RT @edtraveler Kenilworth charter school, subject of apparent FBI inquiry, has ties to Turkish education movement http://t.co/G9BoQ1wYmM— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.1 hours ago
RT @krelnik: Twitter reverts changes in blocking functionality after users revolt in #RestoreTheBlock campaign. http://bit.ly/18HrIXr— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.1 hours ago
Megyn Kelly should go to Whole Foods in Union Square http://t.co/yL9oYMKVfV HT @jbarro— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.1 hours ago
RT @HistoricalPics: A man browsing for books in Cincinnati's cavernous old main library. The library was (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1rtgnm1— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.2 hours ago
"I'm so lonesome I could cry" Seasick Steve & Amy LaVere http://goo.gl/oPMBm #music [studio]— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.2 hours ago
"River" Sarah McLachlan http://goo.gl/XDfpPN #music— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.2 hours ago
RT @Margaretherapy: It's Obvious That Democrats Did All the Compromising on The Budget Agreement http://t.co/FD4RzPVJjf #paperli— Ray Beckerman (@RayBeckerman) 6.2 hours ago