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I Fred Koenigsberg

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Cornell University, 1967

M.A., Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1969

J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1972

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

professional experiences

 Mr. Koenigsberg concentrates in copyright law, including counseling and litigation. He negotiates and drafts license agreements, counsels on copyright matters including estates with copyright issues, litigates infringement claims, conducts administrative proceedings before the United States Copyright Office and the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (successor to the Copyright Royalty Tribunal) and participates in legislative efforts in the United States Congress. With significant experience in international copyright, Mr. Koenigsberg was named by the United States Department of State to the Ad Hoc Working Group on U.S. Adherence to the Berne Convention, was a member of the National Committee for the Berne Convention, and the Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit (ACCORD) of the Library of Congress and was a private sector representative on the United States delegation to the diplomatic conference on the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

Mr. Koenigsberg is Counsel to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and advises the Society and its Board of Directors on all matters as its chief legal officer.

Mr. Koenigsberg also represents the Walt Disney Company, BMG Music, Inc., Demart Pro Arte B.V. (owner of all intellectual property rights of Salvador Dalí) and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company among many other clients, advising as to copyright matters.

Mr. Koenigsberg was named as one of New York's Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers in the 2003-2004 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers.

biographical information

active professional organizations

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Past Chair

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Past President (first copyright lawyer to hold that position)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Director

Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Former Trustee

Member, Executive Committee, ALAI-USA (International Literary and Artistic Association - US Group)

Columbia University, Adjunct Professor of Law ("Seminar in Law & the Music Industry," Columbia Law School; "Law & the Arts," Graduate Program in Arts Administration)

principal publications

 "The 1976 Copyright Act: Advances for the Creator," 26 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 515 (1977), cited with approval, Broadcast Music, Inc. v. CBS, Inc., 441 U.S. 1, n. 31 (1979)

Co-author, "The First Proceeding Before the Copyright Royalty Tribunal: ASCAP and the Public Broadcasters," Communication and the Law, 1979

Co-author, "Performing Rights in Music and Performing Rights Societies" 33 J. of the Copyright Soc. of the USA 332, 1986

Remarks in Symposium: Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, 22 Vanderbilt J. of Transnational Law 373, 1989

"Copyrights," Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Terminology, 4th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1999

"Copyrights," Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2002, Practising Law Institute, New York, 2002

"Music, the Internet and the Music Industry," Seventh Annual Institute for Intellectual Property Law, Practising Law Institute, New York, 2001

Co-author, "Licensing Intellectual Property," in M. Moskin (Ed.), Commercial Contracts, Aspen Law & Business, New York, 2002

Co-author, "Eldred v Ashcroft: A U.S. Copyright Case of ‘Supreme' Significance," Asian IP, November 2002

A&HG 4174: Law and the arts I

Permission from program coordinator/director required. Principal artistic applications of U.S. law in areas drawn from copyright law, unfair competition and trademark law, misappropriation, First Amendment questions, miscellaneous torts including rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, interference with contract, and other problems relating to authenticity of art works.