About Joel Rothman

Joel B. Rothman represents clients in intellectual property infringement litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, defamation, trade libel, unfair competition, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and commercial matters. Joel’s litigation practice also includes significant focus on electronic discovery issues such as e-discovery management and motion practice relating to e-discovery.

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VHT wins blockbuster $8M+ verdict against Zillow for copyright infringement of real estate photos

VHT wins blockbuster $8M+ verdict against Zillow for copyright infringement of real estate photos

VHT, the real estate photo giant, filed suit for copyright infringement against Zillow Group in July 2015 alleging that Zillow had been stealing tens of thousands of VHT’s photos and illegally using them for its own profit and gain on the Zillow Digs website. At the end of the two week trial the Seattle jury found

SRIPLAW Covers the United States

The attorneys of Schneider Rothman are admitted to federal courts across the nation.  There is hardly a corner of our country that our lawyers cannot cover for our clients.  Where we do not have regular admission, we have co-counsel standing ready to assist us. We have regular admission to federal courts or can be regularly

Real Estate Photography

Photography: It could be worth millions

If you find it on the internet than it must be free.  How wrong is that! It’s about time that photographers get the respect they deserve and their photographs receive the value that they deserve. Copyright infringement plaintiffs are entitled to recover actual damages or statutory damages.  Here are some ways those damages are computed.

Real Estate Photography

Do Real Estate and Architectural Photographers Need their own Association?

Our firm represents many real estate and architectural photographers. Our experience suggests that the unique challenges facing real estate photographers are not currently being addressed by the different photography associations.  Which raises the question, should real estate and architectural photographers unite and form their own association to represent their interests? The Existing Photography Associations do not Cover

MLS and Copyright

NAR Makes Changes to its MLS Policy that are Good for Real Estate Photographers

The National Association of Realtors has made some important revisions to its Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy.  These changes clarify NAR’s MLS policies to highlight the importance of licensing. It is now imperative for every real estate broker to understand copyright licensing.  It is also critical that photographers understand what rights real estate brokers need,

A busy three years of SRIPLAW IP patent infringement cases

SRIPLAW opened for business in Boca Raton, Florida on January 1, 2013.  We started the firm in order to work with clients that we felt had strong claims but could not get quality representation elsewhere.  The vast majority of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation firmst do not offer contingency representation.  We wanted to

Fighting Infringement on Alibaba.com is a Game of Whack-a-Mole!

Alibaba.com is the world’s largest online business to business (B2B) marketplace.  If you are a creator, designer, inventor, product marketer, brand builder, or anyone else interested in global commerce or trade in consumer goods, you have probably either purchased from sellers on Alibaba.com, or cursed at sellers on Alibaba.com.  Or maybe both. Fakes and counterfeits run

Losing Control of your Copyrights on Social Media

It seems innocent enough.  Your interior designer client has posted one of your beautiful photographs of her latest installation to her Instagram account.  The photo highlights your client’s design of an expansive living room with vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace. Occupying the lower right corner of the frame is a demure crimson loveseat by high-end

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