Gregory O. Olaniran

Legal Expertise

Representation of copyright owners in connection with statutory license royalty and enforcement matters involving cable, satellite and other delivery systems, and in other copyright and contractual matters.  Advise and counsel clients regarding content creation and distribution of television series, movies, specials, sports, documentaries, reality shows, and other programming transmitted by broadcast television, cable, satellite, the internet and other platforms.  Representation of clients in business litigation in federal and state courts, and before various administrative and regulatory bodies.


Representative Matters

  • Represents copyright owners of syndicated series, movies and specials broadcast by TV stations in copyright royalty and enforcement matters involving cable, satellite, the internet and other new media content delivery technologies.
  • Represents clients before the Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Judges, the Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Represents clients in administrative litigation, including royalty distribution proceedings, rate-setting proceedings, notices of inquiry proceedings, rulemaking proceedings and settlement negotiations.
  • Successfully defended a cable network in a nine-count federal court action regarding a television program.
  • Counsels copyright owners regarding pending legislation and on protecting owners' broadcast and distribution rights against possible dilution resulting from new content delivery technologies.
  • Advises clients on licensing issues raised by ownership and/or transfer of copyrights and other copyright matters raised by the internet.
  • Represents clients on significant new media issues, such as broadband deployment and cable open access.
  • Advises clients on general business matters, including negotiating various business agreements, including leases, technology licensing agreements, database management agreements, consulting agreements, and service agreements.
Gregory O. Olaniran

Partner - Washington, DC

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Industry Focus

Media and entertainment and technology

Education Collapse

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • Morgan State University, M.B.A., 1986
  • Morgan State University, B.S., 1984; Double major, Accounting and Business Administration, cum laude

Court Admissions Collapse

  • Maryland, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1997
  • USDC, District of Columbia
  • USDC, Maryland District
  • US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand

  • National Co-Chair, MS&K Diversity Committee
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Advisory Board, 8th Annual GCI Diversity Leadership Summit
  • Board Member, Nollywood Foundation 
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Columbia, MD Chapter)

Other Career Experience Expand

  • Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (2002-2010)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (inactive)