From winning at trial the landmark fair use case Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. v. Nation Enterprises, Inc., to protecting Tarzan and other intellectual property rights of Tarzan creator and fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, Roger Zissu is one of the country’s best-known copyright and trademark lawyers. His more than 50 years of practice includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in precedent-setting cases that have defined work made for hire, the rights of joint authors, and the granting of electronic book publication rights under the current Copyright Act.
Roger’s cases have involved ownership disputes and infringement of iconic literary and graphic characters, motion pictures, television programs, literary works (fiction and non-fiction), music, and artworks. He advises on a broad range of copyright, unfair competition, and trademark issues, including matters involving scientific, instructional, and educational testing materials as well as concurrent trademark use agreements. Roger also has prepared and negotiated contracts and licensing in myriad areas, including corporate sales and acquisitions of copyright and trademark rights, author/publisher agreements, commissioned artworks, and the purchase and sale of works of art.