Karen Stetson - Attorney at Law

333 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Suite 3200
Miami, Florida 33131

P 305-416-6880
F 305-416-6887

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Biography

Karen focuses her practice on entertainment law involving intellectual property - copyrights and trademarks, including litigation, prosecution, registrations, licenses and contracts - and related causes of action, unfair competition, cybersquatting, domain name disputes, antipiracy (both at the retail level and on the Internet), royalty disputes, right of publicity and defamation issues, licensing and distribution matters, artist agreement disputes, and publishing agreement disputes.

Her clients include the Recording Industry Association of America; Universal Music Group; Sony BMG Music Entertainment; RCA Record Label; Estefan Enterprises, Inc.; Sony BMG Music Entertainment; Curtis James Jackson p/k/a 50 Cent; Motion Picture Association of America; U.S. Bariatric; and A. Marinelli Shoes.

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Education
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 1986)
    • University of Miami Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor
  • University of Miami, B.A. (magna cum laude, 1983)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Business Torts Section
  • American Judicature Society
  • International Anti-Piracy Coalition
Reported Cases
  • Prosecuted large-scale copyright infringement action against Amway Corp. and 82 defendants located in eight jurisdictions, culminating in $9 million settlement; Received Honorary Gold Record Award from the Recording Industry Association of America in recognition of result obtained
  • Prosecuted international scheme to defraud involving the sale of nonexistent license rights, culminating in judgment in the amount of $13.7 million; case established important precedent for sound recordings not covered by the Copyright Act
  • Defended the Estefans against claims by former songwriter on royalty and contract issues, culminating in payment by songwriter of $1 million and public apology for having filed claims
  • Handled numerous multistate copyright infringement lawsuits involving physical piracy, one of which resulted in the entry of a judgment of more than $4.4 million and reported decision Arista Records, et al. v. Beker Enterprises, Inc., 298 F. Supp. 2d 1310 (S.D. Fla. 2003); case established important precedent for amounts awardable per work for willful infringement
  • Handled complex contract dispute on behalf of Polygram Records, resulting in the expedited release and distribution of an album by Grammy Award-winning artist
Presentations & Seminars
  • Panelist, “Powerhouse Women Panel,” University of Miami School of Law, October 27, 2016
  • "Trademark Controversy, Celebrity Product Endorsement Deals, Copyright Ability of Tattoo Art," Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, University of Florida Levin College of Law, April 4, 2016
Awards & Recognitions
  • "AV" Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2016-2017
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