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The Spodek Law Group is an elite criminal defense law firm that provides superior service and white glove professionalism, to a unique clientele nationwide. We handle tough cases that require experience, attention to detail, and excellence in order to win. With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve handled national and international cases.

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Our criminal defense law firms is one of the most successful defense law firms in the state of New York. We have a high success rate because we are very pragmatic when it comes to advising our clients on how to proceed – and to make sure their case ends in a positive outcome. Our goal is to help every single client get charges dismissed, or reduced. Because of our work, 100’s of people have been able to avoid criminal charges from being filed against them.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
Verified
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
Verified
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Verified
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Verified
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
Verified
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Verified
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!


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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

David Bruce

"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

Rowlin Garcia

"Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind."

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New York Penal Law 275.30: Advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the first degree

The State of New York is strict about allowing original artists to maintain control of their work. New York attracts the best and brightest artists from all over the world, and the state wants to make sure that artists know that they can keep the right to profit from their performances. That makes it illegal to advertise or sell an unauthorized recording.

In order to lawfully sell an artistic performance, you need the permission of the person that owns or creates it. Otherwise, it’s unlawful to try and make a profit from another person’s artistic performance. There are several state laws that protect the rights of artists to profit from their work. One of these laws is called the advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the first degree.

First-degree unauthorized sale

New York penal law 275.30 makes it illegal to sell an artistic work or even advertise an artistic work for sale if you don’t have legal authority. The law covers both sound recordings and video recordings. There are a few specific conditions that must apply in order for the offense to constitute unauthorized sale in the first degree.

First, you must knowingly advertise, sell, rent, distribute or possess an artistic recording without the consent of the owner. Second, you must either have a prior conviction for this offense in the last five years, or you must have made at least 1000 sound recordings or 100 video recordings. If you knowingly advertise, sell, rent, distribute or possess an artistic recording but you don’t have a prior conviction and you didn’t make enough copies, you might face charges in the second degree instead of in the first degree.

Fixed before Febuary 15, 1972

This law only applies to recordings that are originally fixed before February 15, 1972. New York law defines the word fixed. It means that the author must have recorded or saved the work in a way that it could be reproduced or disseminated. The author must have done so before February 15, 1972. If this isn’t the case, the person that made the unlawful recording might face charges of manufacture or sale of an unauthorized recording of a performance. That charge is similar but it doesn’t carry the same date restriction as New York Penal Law 275.30.

Possible penalties if you’re convicted

A conviction for advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the first degree is a class E felony. That means that the court can make you spend up to four years in prison if you’re convicted as charged. Five years is the maximum possible term of probation. They can also order you to pay a fine and pay restitution if it’s appropriate.

Defenses

If you’re facing this type of charge, the experienced NYC criminal lawyers at Spodek Law Group can help you make a plan to defend yourself. One common defense is that you didn’t know that you didn’t have permission to sell the work. When you possess unauthorized recordings, you must know that they’re unauthorized recordings. That means that it’s up to the state to prove what you knew and when you knew it. If the state’s attorney can’t prove this element of the crime, their entire case might fail.

You can attack the state’s proof on each other element of the charge. You can argue that you don’t have a prior conviction, or that you didn’t make the number of recordings that the law requires for a first-degree charge. You can also argue that someone else entirely had possession of the artistic work in question.

New York Penal Law 275.25: Advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree

The music and entertainment industries are two of the largest and most powerful industries in the world. While these industries are incredibly profitable, they estimate losing millions of dollars per year due to the sale of illegally copied music and other materials. Similar to other areas of the country, New York has a lot of laws in place that are designed to prevent this from happening.

Advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree is one specific crime in the New York penal code that is commonly enforced. This law essentially makes it a crime to record any music or other media, and then attempt to sell it.

Examples of the Crime
Advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree is a common crime, especially in areas of New York City. And example of this crime would be if a person records a song off a radio or other copy written device and then attempt to sell it to another person. This act becomes illegal regardless of the price that is charged.

If you record a song and give it away without receiving any financial or other reward, you will not be guilty of this crime. However, there are other copyright related crimes that you could be in violation of.

Defense of the Crime
If you have been charged with advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree, it would be beneficial to hire a NYC criminal lawyer. A lawyer that is experienced with this type of crime and charges could provide you with a number of different benefits. One of the main benefits is that they will know a variety of ways to defend and fight the charges.

When you are charged with the crime, the prosecutor will be required to prove that you have both recorded and attempted to sell the music. In many cases, this can be very hard to do without a full warrant. If the attorney does not have access to your equipment or music, and is unable to prove the crime otherwise, it could be dismissed fully. However, if you happen to have been found with music and were caught trying to sell it, you still could be charged with a few other related crimes. These other related crimes are considered lower and come with less of a punishment.

Punishment for the Crime
If you are convicted of advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree, you will face some punishment. The overall level of the punishment is minor as the crime is a simple misdemeanor. In most cases, you will receive a small penalty and could be subject to probation. However, if you have been convicted or charged of this crime in the past, you could face a more severe penalty. The legal system does allow a judge to put you in prison for up to one year.

In conclusion, advertisement or sale of unauthorized recordings in the second degree is a crime that is commonly committed in New York. While the penalty of the crime is not too severe, it would still be a good idea to hire a NYC criminal lawyer if you are charged with the crim. The attorney will be able to help you by providing you advice on the case, negotiating a lower charge with the prosecution, and even defending you in public court if it comes down to it.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
Verified
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
Verified
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Verified
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Verified
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
Verified
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Verified
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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