Lawyer Makes Good on Royalties

September 30, 2010

Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp’s recently hired standout lateral Greg Olaniran makes a good amount of money the same way Mr. T. does: syndicated television royalties.

Mr. Olaniran practices in that little-known but highly specialized, and very lucrative, area of the law which deals with the $200 million paid annually by satellite and cable television companies to use previously copyrighted television broadcasts. His past and current clients include Disney, Paramount, WWE, Sony, Universal, Lion’s Gate, NASCAR, and Animal Planet.

The specialty is known a “compulsory licensing” and Mr. Olaniran got into it by working up patent infringement cases against upstarts like Napster, which is representative of a class of technology start-ups which he thinks take illegal liberties with the property of copyright owners for the sake of quick profits.

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