Mitch Tuchman helps publishers and authors develop mutually beneficial business relationships. He also helps copyright and trademark owners optimize the value of their intellectual property and defend their intellectual property rights.
His copyright clients include publishers of books and scholarly journals, authors, authors’ and artists’ estates, nonprofit charitable organizations, architects, photographers, filmmakers, software and website owners and developers, educational institutions, textile manufacturers and healthcare providers, among others.
Before becoming an IP attorney, Mitch spent ten years as a freelance writer and editor and fourteen years as publisher of exhibition and collection catalogs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Because he has been both a publisher and writer, he understands copyright matters from the client’s perspective.Representative Matters
Occidental College, B.A., sociology
Yale University, M.Phil. and Ph.D., sociology
Stanford Law School, Master of Legal Studies
Washington College of Law at American University, J.D.
Board of directors and counsel, Museum of Durham History
Commissioner, Durham City-County Appearance Commission
Governance Committee, Southern Documentary Fund
Member, arts committee, Durham County Library
- “Monetary Recovery in Copyright Disputes,” The Peacemaker, February 2018.
- “Faster, Cheaper Designation of Agents to Accept DMCA Take Down Notices,” IP Watchdog, November 8, 2016
- “I Wrote That: A Look At The ‘Avatar’ Copyright Cases,” Law 360.com, April 13, 2016
- “What Makes a Copy Cat a Copy Cat? The Complex case of Architectural Copyright,” Arch Daily, April 2014
- “The Powder Room is on the Left,” Business Alabama, September, 2013
- “Insider Publishing Tips: Negotiating Your Publishing Agreement,” Presentation at the South Carolina Book Festival, May 18, 2013.
- “House Plan Copyright Questions Answered,” Design Lines, , May 13, 2013.
- “Lawsuit: What’s in a Design?” Professional Builder, April 2013.
- “Not Coming to a Theater near You,”
- “Copyright Year in Review,” Intellectual Property Law Section, Presentation at the North Carolina Bar Association CLE, March 2011.
- “Supremely Wilde,” Smithsonian Magazine, May 2004.
- Also Bauer: Classic American Pottery (Chronicle Books, 1995); Magnificent Obsessions: Twenty Remarkable Collectors in Pursuit of Their Dreams (Chronicle Books, 1994); Painters Painting (with Emile de Antonio) (Abbeville, 1984); and articles in The Boston Phoenix, Chicago-Sun-Times, Esquire, Film Comment, House & Garden, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Republic, Omni, Oui, Penthouse, Playboy, The Village Voice and others.
- “Copyright Infringement,” Presentation at the N.C. Writer’s Network, Nov. 5, 2016, Raleigh, NC