Landau Co-Writes Entertainment Law Guide

Michael B. Landau, an internationally recognized authority on intellectual property and entertainment law issues, recently released the latest update to his nine-volume treatise, Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law, one of the leading reference sets in its field.

Landau is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law. He has been with the college since 1993 when he joined as an associate professor.

The set provides a comprehensive overview of business practices and legal developments in entertainment law, mass communications and the arts. Content examines the entire spectrum of media litigation, including copyright, trademark, the right of publicity and First Amendment issues, along with statutory changes, case law and the development of legal doctrines. The Entertainment Law Review described the set as “monumental” and “the perfect reference guide for the international entertainment lawyer.”

Landau began editing and updating the treatise as an associate at Skadden Arps in New York when a partner called and asked if he could take her place speaking about “Copyright and Publishing Law” at a conference at New York University School of Law. Landau accepted and sat next to Bob Bouchard, managing editor of Clark Boardman Co., which published Lindey at the time. Clark Boardman was purchased by West.

“At the cocktail party afterward, I approached Mr. Bouchard and asked him about publishing a patent law text,” Landau says. “He told me that they were not interested in a patent law text at the time, but he asked for my business card and CV anyway.  I thought that I received the polite brush-off.”

A few days later, Bouchard called with a project, explaining that Alexander Lindey, the original author of the series, had died several years before. The publisher had been updating the volumes sporadically by sub-contract.

“He asked me to look over the books (four volumes at the time) and make suggestions as to what should be updated and included. A few weeks later he asked me to do an update to the series, and if it was acceptable to Clark-Boardman, we could enter into a contract.”

Landau signed Bouchard’s contract 20 years ago. Under his tenure, the series has grown to nine volumes and is updated three times annually. The next update is scheduled for this month. Hundreds of cases, law reviews and treatises cite the series, and it continues to be one of the leading treatises in entertainment law.

“I take great pride in writing Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing & the Arts. Over the years, I have had students tell me that the main reason they came to Georgia State was that I wrote Lindey,” Landau says.

Landau also writes the Copyright and Trademark Sections of West’s Federal Administrative Practice Manual and the annual supplements to a different book, Entertainment Law. In addition to his books, he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on topics related to intellectual property, art law, entertainment law and freedom of expression.

He teaches Copyrights, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Art and Entertainment Law and the Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar. Landau also is a former Fulbright Scholar.

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