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In Memoriam: Alan Hartnick

Monday, August 27, 2018   (5 Comments)
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It is with great sadness that we share the news that past President of the Copyright Society, Alan Hartnick, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018. A copyright scholar, teacher, practitioner and long-time member of the Society, Alan served as President from 1982-84. Here is a link to Alan’s New York Times obituary.
If any members care to share memories of Alan, we would welcome them.


Ray Beckerman says...
Posted Friday, September 28, 2018
The best copyright lawyer I ever knew. But more importantly, a kind and wonderful gentleman. I am very saddened to think of his passing, but grateful he was able to exemplify for so many years the best traditions of our profession.
Corey Field says...
Posted Friday, August 31, 2018
Alan was grace, kindness, erudition, tact, diplomacy, and brilliance. I have often thought of his "style" as the ultimate model for a person and a lawyer. Any of us should be so fortunate as to live thusly in the memories of those we encounter. I was thinking of him lately, wanting to remind myself that a great role model and attorney is gracious to all others at all times. I was trying to remember the last time I had the pleasure of even being in the same room and observing his interaction with colleagues. By coincidence he must have passed away at approximately the same time, perhaps sending out a farewell gratefully received. Corey Field (CSUSA Past President 2010-2012).
Eric C. Osterberg says...
Posted Friday, August 31, 2018
From Robert Osterberg I had the pleasure of joining Alan as Of Counsel at Abelman, Frayne & Schwab for several years beginning in 1996. Alan was a true Renaissance man, loving the theatre and literature, and always particularly passionate about copyright. My fondest memories from my association with him are of his willingness to explore any copyright issue, at any time, and offer his best opinion. Alan's love of copyright is reflected in his many writings, but most importantly in the mentorship he provided for many years as an adjunct professor. I always considered him an important early member of the fraternity of copyright scholars and practitioners.
Raymond J. Dowd says...
Posted Friday, August 31, 2018
I met Alan many years ago through the Copyright Society, riding in a van to the Sagamore Hotel. Alan showed me the secret of packing light for a CSUSA convention (reusable blue blazer, khaki pants), and I have used his trick to avoid luggage ever since. Alan encouraged me in writing my book Copyright Litigation Handbook and in 2006 wrote a glowing review for the New York Law Journal, which I am eternally grateful for. He invited me to guest teach a class at Fordham Law School for several semesters and we stayed in touch as he went through setbacks in his later years. Alan's generosity of spirit to the younger generation should be the model for all of us who are now in the back nine of life, I will miss him and try to carry the torch that he handed me and so many others. Ray Dowd
Jeff Liebenson says...
Posted Friday, August 31, 2018
Alan mentored me when I took his Copyright Law class in the LL.M program at NYU School of Law. He advised me as I considered various career paths, and took me in as an associate at his firm, Colton, Weissberg, Hartnick, Yamin and Sheresky. Giving me that opportunity changed my career. He was a great lawyer, generous with his advice to a young lawyer, and he taught me many lessons that I carry to this day. He was a true scholar and also a practical and effective counselor—a rare combination—as well as an extremely nice man. Alan encouraged me to join the Copyright Society and introduced me to many great copyright lawyers there including his close friends, Alan Latman and Stanley Rothenberg, two other luminaries of the copyright bar. Alan set a brilliant example for myself and many others. He will be deeply missed. Jeff Liebenson

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