Toby M.J. Butterfield, Esq. is a partner in Moses & Singer LLP’s Intellectual Property and Litigation groups.
Mr. Butterfield has 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, software and digital media, and commercial matters. His clients include media and entertainment companies, major brand owners, technology companies and designers of luxury goods. His recent work includes successfully representing an “over the top” TV broadcaster in a distribution dispute with numerous Russian broadcasters; defense of a well-known theater production in litigation concerning music royalty payments; representation of a regional on-line pharmacy in cases concerning false advertising, trademark, fraud and RICO claims; defending book publishers in copyright litigations; and obtaining a fair use dismissal of copyright infringement claims against theater producers concerning a parody play. He has successfully defended film producers and distributors, theater producers, technology and software companies, and has obtained injunctions and seizure orders for magazine publishers and a well-known producer of children’s TV programming. He regularly counsels IP owners and performs pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of content for publishers of books, motion pictures, newspapers and magazines.
Mr. Butterfield writes and speaks frequently for bar associations and industry organizations. He is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, where he has conducted a seminar on Social Media Law and Regulation since 2014. He co-chaired the Entertainment Business Law Seminar at NYU during the annual CMJ Music Festival. He has lectured at AIPLA’s annual national conference, for PLI on copyright fair use and “technotainment”, and for Lawline. He authored the first chapter of Counseling Content Providers in the Digital Age on defamation for the New York State Bar Association and has written for the Copyright Society of the USA, for the ABA’s Landslide magazine and for Media Law Resource Center and other bar associations and publications regularly on topics including Fair Use, Copyright Termination, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He has lectured on legal topics at television industry conferences all over the world and previously taught Media and Entertainment Law at Cardozo Law School.
Mr. Butterfield currently co-chairs MLRC’s committee on Media Copyright and Trademark, and previously chaired the New York City Bar’s Committee on Entertainment Law, its Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, WNYC Radio’s Community Advisory Board, and was Administrator of the New York State Supreme Court Screening Panel for Democratic Party judicial candidates in New York County. He has appeared on BBC World News, Forbes TV, and has been quoted by the New York Times, Forbes, Law360, The Hollywood Reporter and many other news and legal publications.
Bridget Crawford, Esq. (Guest) serves as General Counsel/Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs to the dynamic, global entertainment brand best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show. In this role, she provides strategic advice and support to all company departments, including, creative, production, marketing and sales, business development, human resources, information technology, operations and finance. A substantial part of her practice centers on transactional matters, such as contract drafting and review and advice on general governance, commercial and compliance issues. In addition, she manages the brand’s intellectual property portfolio and oversees outside counsel in connection with litigation involving the company.