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Power Lawyers 2009

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    Jonathan Zavin
    Loeb & Loeb, New York

    An active anti-piracy activist, Zavin won a permanent injunction in August for CBS in a battle with Reel Media, which had been distributing copies of the 16 episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" to which CBS had not acquired the rights. The case broke new ground by establishing that protected elements in prior episodes of a TV series like copyrighted characters can prevent the distribution of subsequent episodes that have inadvertently entered the public domain. Another Zavin case resulted in a precedent-setting victory for his client, MGM, as the 9th Circuit ruled in June that the heirs of Maurice Richlin, who co-wrote the treatment for the original 1963 "Pink Panther" film, were not entitled to a share of the profits from all of the movies featuring the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. Zavin is also repping Fox in a copyright infringement action in which music publisher Bourne Co. claims that the song "When You Wish Upon A Star" was infringed in an episode of "Family Guy," and Paramount in a action brought by director Stanley Donen, in which he claims he is entitled to a portion of the copyright interest in 1957's "Funny Face."

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