Christine Lepera Quoted in Billboard
Christine Lepera was quoted in the article, "Adele Fans Still Fighting For Her Attention After Pulling Their Unauthorized Book Based On Lyrics," published by Billboard on October 26, 2017.
The article discusses how fans, Rana and Ahmad Alyaseer, set out to get their 227-page novel-- based on their trip to Italy from Jordan to see an Adele concert -- into the hands of Adele herself. But after seeing My Trip to Adele soar to the No. 2 spot among the top 100 free Amazon reads last December, the siblings have pulled it from the internet following instructions from the singer’s camp to stop distributing it without permission.
From the article:
“Every artist and songwriter has the right to protect her intellectual property from unauthorized use,” says Christine Lepera, co-chair of the IP/Entertainment Litigation Group of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, adding that decisions regarding the use of lyrics -- often co-owned by music publishers and other writers -- may not be up to the artist. “Contractual arrangements may also prevent a writer or artist from unilaterally approving certain uses of their lyrics or music, regardless of whether or not the proposed use is not monetized or whether it is simply a sign of fan love.”