Ken Norwick greets client His Holiness the Dalai Lama at a recent celebration of the latter’s 80th birthday. His Holiness is holding a copy of Ken’s book The Rights of Authors, Artists and Other Creative People.
Mr. Norwick is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, as well as the bars of the United States Supreme Court and numerous lower federal courts. He began his legal career in 1965 with the New York law firm of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst, and he subsequently worked in the administration of former New York Mayor John V. Lindsay and as Law Secretary to a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. From 1970 through 1975 he was Legislative Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and since then he has served as a special counsel and consultant to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union. He served as a Special Professor of Law, teaching constitutional law, at Hofstra Law School, and later as Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. He is a member of the Authors Guild; Media Law Resource Center; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has served as a member of its Judiciary and Communications Law Committees; and the New York State Bar Association, where he is a member of its Media Law Committee. He is a former Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Magazine Publishers Association. From 1975 through 1996 he served as a consultant to the Freedom to Read Committee of the Association of American Publishers. He was awarded the highest evaluation, AV, by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a New York Metro Area "Super Lawyer."
Mr. Norwick received his J.D. degree in 1965 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review and the founder and editor-in-chief of the Law School's newspaper. He received his A.B. degree, cum laude, in 1962 from Syracuse University, where he majored in American Studies and was an editor and columnist for the University's daily newspaper.
Mr. Norwick is the author of The Legal Guide for Writers, Artists and Other Creative People, published by Page Street Publishers in 2017. He was co-author of The Rights of Authors, Artists, and Other Creative People, published in 1992 by Southern Illinois University Press. He is the editor and principal author of Lobbying for Freedom in the 1980s: A Grass-Roots Guide to Protecting Your Rights, published by Putnam's in 1983, and co-author of The Rights of Authors and Artists, published by Bantam Books in 1984. He is the author of Lobbying for Freedom: A Citizen's Guide to Fighting Censorship at the State Level, published by St. Martin's Press in 1975, and the editor of Your Legal Rights: Making the Law Work for You, which was originally published by the John Day Company in 1972 and republished in a revised edition in 1975. He is the author of a pamphlet entitled Pornography: The Issues and the Law, published by Public Affairs Pamphlets in 1972, and the co-author of a pamphlet entitled When Should Abortion be Legal?, published by Public Affairs Pamphlets in 1969.
From 1968 through 1971 he was the co-author of a monthly column in Publishers Weekly entitled "But Can You Do That?," and he is the author of numerous articles and columns on legal and political subjects.
Representative Court Decisions
Landmark Internet Victory
In February 2018 Ken Norwick won a landmark court decision that New York Magazine said “had the potential to shake the very foundation on which the modern internet is built, changing the way websites from huge publications to one-person blogs do business online.” The court granted summary judgment to a photographer, ruling that websites that “embed” photos without the authorization of the copyright owners can be liable for copyright infringement. The decision is now on appeal. The case is Goldman v. Breitbart News Network, et al., 2018 U.S. LEXIS 25215, 2018 WL 911340 (S.D.N.Y. 2018).
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