For the second year in a row, Partner Richard L. Stone has been named to the Daily Journal's list of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” honoring attorneys whose legal work changed the law, an industry or society in the last year. Mr. Stone is recognized in the practice areas of media and entertainment, antitrust and competition, trademark and advertising, and unfair competition.
A profile of Mr. Stone appeared in a special report in the September 10, 2014 issue of the publication. It highlights his representation of Fox in the “showdown” by it and other broadcasters against online streaming service Aereo, calling the U.S. Supreme Court win for the broadcasters in June “a major and hard fought victory for a television industry that has been rocked by emerging technologies.”
The article notes that Mr. Stone may have another case heading to the high court in Fox’s efforts to stop satellite cable provider Dish Network from showing Fox programming on-demand and online to subscribers, free of commercials. Mr. Stone told the Daily Journal, “There’s an issue whether skipping commercials is fair use if the copyright owner doesn’t own copyright of commercials but they’re necessary to the copyrighted programming.”
Mr. Stone also predicted more disputes between television and new media companies because “there’s money at stake and there’s a convergence technology.”
This recognition follows Mr. Stone’s being named a 2014 “Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year for the third consecutive time, and a 2014 “Top Intellectual Property Litigator” by the Daily Journal, his second time to make that list.