White & Case
I. Fred Koenigsberg
Retired Partner
New York

T: + 1 212 819 8806
F: + 1 212 354 8113
Practice Experience
Mr. Koenigsberg concentrates in copyright law, including counseling and litigation.  He negotiates and drafts license agreements, counsels on copyright matters including estates with copyright issues, litigates infringement claims, conducts administrative proceedings before the United States Copyright Office and the Copyright Royalty Board and participates in legislative efforts in the United States Congress. With significant experience in international copyright, Mr. Koenigsberg was named by the United States Department of State to the Ad Hoc Working Group on US Adherence to the Berne Convention, was a member of the National Committee for the Berne Convention, and the Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit (ACCORD) of the Library of Congress and was a private sector representative on the United States delegation to the diplomatic conference on the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

Mr. Koenigsberg is Counsel to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Mr. Koenigsberg also has represented the Walt Disney Company, BMG Music Publishing, Inc., Garth Brooks, and children's author Rosemary Wells among many other clients, advising on copyright matters.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar, 1973
US Supreme Court
Various Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts

JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1972
MA, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 1969
BA, Cornell University, 1967

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Past Chair
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Past President (first copyright lawyer to hold that position)
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Director
Copyright Society of the USA, Former Trustee
Member, Executive Committee, ALAI-USA (International Literary and Artistic Association – US Group)
Columbia University, Adjunct Professor of Law  ("Seminar in Law & the Music Industry," Columbia Law School; "Law & the Arts," Graduate Program in Arts Administration)

Awards and Recognition
Chambers USA: Intellectual Property (Trade Mark & Copyright) – New York, Tier 1
The Best Lawyers in America
Legal 500 USA: Leading Individual (IP/Copyright)
PLC Which lawyer?: Leading Lawyer (IP: non-patent litigation) – New York

"Lines of Defense: An Analytic Framework for the Defense of Copyright Infringement Litigation," Landslide, the publication of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, May/June 2009
"The 1976 Copyright Act: Advances for the Creator," 26 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 515 (1977), cited with approval, Broadcast Music, Inc. v. CBS, Inc., 441 US 1, n. 31 (1979)
Co-author, "The First Proceeding Before the Copyright Royalty Tribunal: ASCAP and the Public Broadcasters," Communication and the Law, 1979
Co-author, "Performing Rights in Music and Performing Rights Societies" 33 Journal of the Copyright Soc. of the USA 332, 1986
Remarks in Symposium: Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, 22 Vanderbilt J. of Transnational Law 373, 1989
"Copyrights," Kirk-Othmer Concise Encyclopedia of Chemical Terminology, 4th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1999
"Copyrights," Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2002, Practicing Law Institute, New York, 2002
"Music, the Internet and the Music Industry," Seventh Annual Institute for Intellectual Property Law, Practicing Law Institute, New York, 2001
Co-author, "Licensing Intellectual Property," in M. Moskin (Ed.), Commercial Contracts, Aspen Law & Business, New York, 2002
Co-author, "Eldred v. Ashcroft: A US Copyright Case of 'Supreme' Significance," Asian IP, November 2002

United States