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Ray Beckerman

Ray Beckerman

Ray Beckerman, PC
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I'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.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Law
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Intellectual Property
Additional Practice Areas
  • Constitutional Law
  • Copyright
  • General Civil
  • Internet Law
  • Software Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express. Also Intuit Payment Service, Dwolla, wire transfers, checks.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
3rd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
US District Court EDNY
US District Court SDNY
Professional Experience
President
Ray Beckerman, PC
- Current
Partner
Vandenberg & Feliu LLP
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Partner
Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP
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Owner
Ray Beckerman & Associates, PC
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Partner
Gallet Dreyer & Berkey
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Owner
Ray Beckerman, Attorney at Law
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Litigation Associate
Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Lehrer
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Litigation associate
Lowey Dannenberg & Knapp
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Law Clerk, Summer Associate, Student Litigation Associate, Litigation Associate
Phillips Nizer LLP
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Education
St. John's University School of Law
J.D. / Cum Laude (1978)
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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
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Activities: Editor in Chief of school newspaper, Meridian. Member of Editorial Board of literary magazine, Echo.
City University of New York - Brooklyn College
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Activities: Cub sports reporter on college newspaper, The Kingsman.
Awards
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
Professional Associations
Member
The Copyright Society of the USA
Current
Member
Entertainment Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Current
Member of the Bar of the Court
US Supreme Court
- Current
Member of the Bar of the Court
US Court of Appeals 3d Circuit
- Current
Member of the Bar of the Court
US Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Current
Member of the Bar of the Courts
New York State Bar # 1192996
- Current
Member
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Current
Member of the Bar of the Court
US District Courts Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Current
Member
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- 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
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Recording Industry vs The People
Blog
Ray's 2.0
Blog
Fairness
Legal Answers
37 Questions Answered

Q. Do I need permission to publish an original instruction manual for a product that has a poor one? Can I use product name
A: I am not aware of any formal barrier to your doing that, so long as you make it clear that you are not the company, and you are doing this on your own, and so long as you give full recognition to their trademarks. However, I wouldn't do it, because it would not be surprising for the company to come after you anyway, in these litigious times, unless you get their permission.
Q. How to register trademark in USA
A: You come to a lawyer experienced in filing trademark applications and we take care of it, usually online.
Q. Me and 5 friends would like to start an llc for the purpose of pooling our money for trading stocks. Is this legal?
A: Yes it's legal. I can set one up for you, and provide a draft operating agreement.
Q. what to do when venture capitalist try to take over everything you have invented just before FDA approval
A: That is a common event. It depends on what the contracts and other documents say. You definitely need major legal representation.
Q. Is there any legal barrier to use celebrity faces in applications?
A: Yes there are huge legal barriers. It's not a copyright issue, it's what is called a "right of publicity" issue.
Q. Can a local competitor place an internet banner on your line listing with supermedia.We R trademarked
A: Your question is very unclear. I would need to see the sites in question, the banner, etc., and would probably have further questions for you.
Q. Can I freely use quotes from facebook, tumblr, or pintrist, in a book that Im writing?
A: Not 'freely'. You would certainly run into some copyright questions. There might or might not be fair uses in your use of the quotes, which would be a defense to liability, but I would need to review each quote and the context and manner in which you use it.
Q. Can I use puppets of public figures saying actual quotes by those figures, attributed to them, in an animated short?
A: It's more of a "right of publicity" question than a copyright question. It would depend a lot on who the public figures are. I would need to know more of the facts.
Q. If someone owes me 100,000$, and they own a million dollar home, can a judge make them sell their house to pay me?
A: Laws for these type of procedures vary from state to state, but probably you would have to sue the person for the money, and get a judgment. Then, once you have a judgment, you can go about enforcing the judgment, which would include levying on nonexempt assets of the judgment debtor. You can find a lawyer through the county bar association, or if you would like a referral from me, give me information about the specific location of yourself, the person who owes you the money, and the real estate in question, and I will try to find you someone good in that area.
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Ray Beckerman, P.C.
108-18 Queens Blvd 4th Fl
Forest Hills, NY 11375
USA
Telephone: (718) 544-3434
Fax: (718) 559-6584