Pryor Cashman Bolsters Digital Media, Intellectual Property and Litigation Practices with Addition of Leading Copyright Attorney Jacqueline C. Charlesworth

New York (Jan. 25, 2011) – Pryor Cashman LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, a prominent copyright attorney, to the firm’s Litigation, Intellectual Property and Digital Media Groups. Charlesworth focuses her practice on copyright in the digital environment and represents media and other clients in litigation, legislative, regulatory and transactional matters.

Charlesworth is one of the most active and high-profile attorneys addressing the use of copyrighted content in the digital space. Her expertise builds upon her groundbreaking litigation and legislative efforts while serving as General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), as well as her experience representing clients in precedent-setting copyright matters.

In addition to high-profile infringement cases, Charlesworth has handled significant transactional matters, including the negotiation of industry-wide licensing arrangements to facilitate the online distribution of music. She advises on copyright-related legislation and handles proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office and Copyright Royalty Board.

Charlesworth is a frequent speaker on issues relating to the intersection of copyright law and technology, in particular as they impact the music industry.

Charlesworth joins Pryor Cashman from Morrison & Foerster. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of NMPA, the leading trade association for music publishers in the U.S.

Before joining NMPA, Charlesworth was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Harry Fox Agency, the leading agency for the licensing of copyrighted musical works in the U.S. There, Charlesworth supervised litigation matters and created and implemented innovative digital licensing programs for online music services and ringtone companies.

“Whether it is music, filmed entertainment, literature, art, software, or other intellectual property, protecting the rights of content providers in the digital age presents our clients with significant business and legal challenges,” notes Donald S. Zakarin, Chairman of Pryor Cashman’s Litigation Group and a member of the Digital Media Group. “We have built an interdisciplinary group of talented and highly experienced professionals, chaired by Frank Scibilia and Rob deBrauwere, dedicated to the protection of the rights of content providers. Jacqueline is an extraordinary legal talent, blending the skills of a strategist and tenacious advocate and is the perfect complement to our existing group, enhancing our ability to represent and protect the interests of a broad spectrum of content providers in the digital media world. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

“Pryor Cashman is known for its stellar work on behalf of clients in the music and entertainment industries,” said Charlesworth. “The firm’s breadth of experience and sophistication in these areas make it unique. I am pleased to be joining a standout team of lawyers and know that my clients will benefit greatly from their wide range of expertise.”

Charlesworth received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was executive committee editor of The Yale Law Journal, and received her B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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