Copyright Infringement Case? Playing Defense at the LOSA

LOSA lead attorney Stephanie Adams has a history of defending those accused of stealing access to entertainment content. In the mid 2000’s, she defended numerous people accused of stealing content from DirecTV and the RIAA. Although the tactics of the plaintiffs were the same (sue and see what sticks!), each case was unique, and required careful collaboration with the client.

If you have been accused of misappropriating content, you can consult with Stephanie Adams to explore your options.

A bit of free guidance: if you get a subpoena or are served with a lawsuit, yes, you’ll be upset, but don’t post about it on social media! And don’t ask your family members and friends if they were watching porn on our account. Just keep calm, comparison shop for a lawyer, and discuss it when you are assured of attorney-client privilege.

Up the Librarians!

Our recent post to the Western New York Library Resource Council’s “Ask the Lawyer” service is about respecting librarians’ role on the front lines of copyright. An excerpt is below; find the rest here.



We are finding that librarians within larger institutions (like colleges and museums) are the go-to resource for copyright questions, which could also include institutional copyright concerns.  What should a librarian do if the "question" they are presented with is really an allegation of copyright infringement?


“Ask The Lawyer” has touched on this topic a bit before.  In our a 9/19/17 RAQ post “Skating the Line Between Helpful Information and Legal Advice,” we discussed the risks posed when patrons and co-workers confuse the helpful attitude and boundless information provided by librarians with legal services. 

The bottom line from that guidance was:

When [asked for legal advice], librarians must emphasize the boundary between good service and legal advice.  Here is a formula for that:

[the librarian] provide access to library materials based on the law and policy of my profession and institution; you [the user] should consult your own attorney regarding any legal concerns about your use of the materials being provided. 

The current question takes this issue one step further: what if, when asked to play this front-lines role, the librarian is alerted to a potential claim of infringement against their institution?

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training: An Opportunity for Your Company

The word is out: every employer must have a sexual harassment policy by this October, and must provide annual, mandatory training.

For many, "mandatory training" may seem like another costly obligation, even if the topic is worthy.  But what if a training about harassment could focus on using respect and inclusion to promote not only legal compliance, but a healthy and thriving workplace culture?

The LOSA offers custom trainings that not only help clients meet the newest requirements, but work with leadership to examine workplace culture, and draw out and enhance what is best.

Based on a client's unique identity, the LOSA uses role-play, understanding of industry and company history, and sometimes even improvisation to not only teach the law, but let attendees practice following it.  Goals for company communication style, esprit de corps, and healthy workplace can be added to the mix.

You can contact the LOSA team to explore this option.  Silicon Valley wishes it had access to a training like this!


Announcing "LOSA Practices" on LOSA Base (our Facebook Page)

Lawyers like to write.  And talk.  And talk about writing.  And writing about talking....

But in the midst of all that nuanced communication, we develop some crystal-clear take-aways.  "LOSA Practices" is our firm's distillation of our apex tips from the mountain of legal analysis we generate.  

Of course, "LOSA Practices" is not legal advice.  Don't climb the mountain without a guide!  But they are some goals for your assent.

We'll feature "LOSA Practices" on this page, and on LOSA Base, our Facebook Page.  Please visit, and comment, and make your journey with us.

The LOSA is Ignited!

Based on a proposal to hire from right within the neighborhoods of our city, the LOSA has moved to the final round of the "Ignite Buffalo" competition! 

Along with an inspiring array of local businesses, we've be pitched our vision to bring in employees with the language and cultural experience to help us serve our region's newest entrepreneurs. 

The LOSA vision has always included building our team with employees from our region's multi-lingual immigrant population--and those who have born the brunt of Buffalo's systemic poverty.  This grant is hitting the gas on that plan! 

This grant will help us market to, support, and even host trainings for Buffalo's next generation of people who, as we say, "See It, Build It, and Work it. " 

This fall, please stop by to see our newly ignited team.


"Check it Out" Training in Rochester

LOSA lead attorney Stephanie ("Cole") Adams travelled to Rochester with Buffalo business consultant Nicola Medley Ballard to a conduct a role-play and discussion based training: "Checking out Respect: Recognizing, Addressing and Preventing Harassment in your Library."

"Librarians work with a huge array of material, interact with people from all walks of life, and work to ensure information is accessible to all," says Cole. "This mission can lead to interactions of enormous enlightenment...but can also create circumstances where ignorance or misunderstanding can leave staff or patrons feeling they were treated unfairly."

The training addressed not only race and gender, but gender expression, national origin, age, religion, ability, and other forms of illegal discrimination.  Attendees left with a checklist of tips and techniques they saw in action during the session.

"'Checking Out Respect' takes library staff beyond the legal definitions, and into the skills for addressing behavior that is alienating or abusive," says Cole.  "Our main message is: lead by example.  To help people do that, I am lucky to be co-presenting with Nicola Ballard, who has so much experience showing people how to be gracious and to cultivate a diverse environment." 

The LOSA offers these type of highly customized to the professionals they serve.  If your library is interested, or you're in another professional arena where this approach might be helpful, feel free to get in touch!


Training Space: Ready to Launch

Starting this fall, the LOSA's front space, where our attorneys gather in a work-share environment, will be hosting legal training sessions related to our practice.  From copyright, to construction, to employment, to housing, these sessions will teach, entertain, and foster community. Under the incoming klieg lights, in a space designed for healthier seating (yes, we have chairs, but we have better options, too), we'll work with our clients and attendees to host events that convey knowledge and celebrate creativity!

The LOSA Office is moving! ...about 50 feet.

With the addition of 2 attorneys and another member of our core staff, the LOSA is bursting at the seams.  So, we are moving to a larger space in our building!

The new LOSA will have not only our trademark collaboration space, but three rooms for confidential consultations.  This work-share space model, honed to fit the ethics of the legal profession, promotes collaboration, creativity and confidentiality.  And it's right next to a record store.

So, walk past the retail windows on the south side of 363 Grant Street sometime after June 1, and here is what you'll see:

Our staging table centering the LOSA training center and workshare space at the front of the building;

Our three themed consultation rooms, designed to honor the three corners of our practice: creativity, information, and construction.

Our central coordination "Bridge" where our office team will support the LOSA mission to help our clients see it, build it, and work it.

"Top Ten" for artists at MWP/Pratt this Friday!

LOSA lead attorney Stephanie Adams will be at the beautiful Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) campus on May 4th, 2018, to conduct a training on art law for students and faculty.

MWPAI is one of the cultural jewels of central New York, and over a decade ago, the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn forged an affiliation and started a campus there.  The result is an arts program sited in a mix of historic and contemporary architecture.

Students at MWPAI can start a Pratt bachelor’s degree in art and design education, communications design, fine arts, or photography. 

The LOSA is delighted to visit the campus to talk with students and faculty about their rights as artists.