Winston & Strawn’s Michael Elkin was selected by The Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer” in its annual list of the top 100 lawyers in entertainment. Mr. Elkin was recognized in the litigation category. This is the fourth year in a row Mr. Elkin has been recognized by the publication.
In the fall of 2009, Mr. Elkin represented Launch Media in a federal appeals court in New York where it was ruled that allowing users to customize their Internet radio is not “interactive,” and therefore his client would not be forced to pay royalties beyond statutory licensing rates. A few weeks later, a federal judge ruled on summary judgment that his client Veoh was entitled to “safe harbor” protection from UMG's claims that the video-sharing company hosted copyright-infringing works. "The wins we've had in court have affected the economics of the media industry in some serious ways," he stated.
Mr. Elkin is the managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s New York office.