Saturday, October 24 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Privacy Rights and the Risks of and Risks to Library Users

Please join us on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Stockbridge Town Offices (50 Main Street) for a talk by Edward Rosenthal, an intellectual property lawyer from the firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz in New York City.  Among the topics covered will be government and other third party efforts to obtain records of library users’ borrowing or online activities; library policies designed to protect users; the risks to library users of possible liability for  defamation, violation of privacy rights, and copyright infringement; and the advantages of and limits to so-called anonymous speech.  Mr. Rosenthal also will discuss the terms of use of various social media and other websites and the  risks to users of disclosure of financial and other personal information.  Audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

RosenthalAbout the speaker: Edward H. Rosenthal is the chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.  His practice focuses on copyright and trademark, false advertising, rights of publicity and privacy, civil litigation, sports, entertainment, and publishing law.  Mr. Rosenthal represents businesses and individuals in the television, publishing, motion picture, advertising and media fields.  He recently argued the case of Authors Guild v. HathiTrust in the Second Circuit, as well as Authors Guild v. Google (the Google Books case) in the Southern District of New York.  He defended the author and publisher of the book Sixty Years Later: Coming Through the Rye in a lawsuit brought by J.D. Salinger who claimed that the book infringed his copyright in The Catcher in the Rye.  Mr. Rosenthal successfully defended Scholastic Inc. and J.K. Rowling (the publisher and author of the Harry Potter books) against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.  Mr. Rosenthal has also performed pre-publication reviews of books, magazines, motion pictures and television shows.  Mr. Rosenthal has written and lectured on a variety of right of publicity and other intellectual property topics.

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