Russell Frackman and Christine Lepera Named to Billboard's 2020 "Top Music Lawyers" List
Russell Frackman and Christine Lepera were named to Billboard's 2020 list of "Top Music Lawyers" published on July 27, 2020.
Russell Frackman was named for his work protecting music copyrights. Over the past year, he pursued claims against Vimeo for unlicensed use of music on a user-generated content site.
Christine Lepera was named for her multitude of high-profile wins. In January, Lepera won what she describes as a “seminal copyright infringement” judgment involving the fair use doctrine for clients Drake and Universal Music Group. In February, she won summary judgments in favor of client Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald in his ongoing defamation case against singer Kesha. (Other issues in the case will go to trial.) In March, Lepera notched another victory when a California federal judge overturned a $2.8 million jury verdict and ruled that Gottwald, Katy Perry and other creators of the hit “Dark Horse” did not infringe the copyright of a Christian rapper’s song.