THE ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS and SPORTS LAW BLOG

Week in Review

By Martha Nimmer

"Girls & Boys"

"Girls to build a spaceship / Girls to code the new app / Girls to grow up knowing / That they can engineer that", sing three young actresses in toy maker GoldieBlox's advertisement promoting its engineering and construction toys aimed at girls. The video, which has received millions of views online since appearing late last year, parodies the Beastie Boys' song "Girls," whose lyrics are decidedly less politically-correct, to say the least: "Girls to do the dishes / Girls to clean up my room / Girls to do the laundry / Girls and in the bathroom." GoldieBlox says that they chose the 1986 hit song to poke fun at it, but also to "break down gender stereotypes and to encourage young girls to engage in activities that challenge their intellect, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math."

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About Elissa

Elissa D. Hecker practices in the entertainment and business fields. Her practice focuses on copyright, trademark and business law.  Her clients encompass a large spectrum of the entertainment world. In addition to her private practice, Elissa edited the books Entertainment Litigation - Know the Issues and Avoid the Courtroom, In the Arena, and Counseling Content Providers in the Digital Age.

Elissa is Chair of the Board of Directors of Dance/NYC. She is also a Member of the Advisory Board of MARACAS and the Legal Advisory Committee of Safe Football. She is Past Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (EASL) Section of the New York State Bar Association, Editor of the EASL Journal, member of the Editorial Board of the NYSBA Bar Journal, and Co-Chair and founder of the EASL Pro Bono Committee. She is also editor of the EASL Blog. Elissa is a frequent author, lecturer and panelist, a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (CSUSA), a member of the Board of Editors for The Journal of the CSUSA, and the CSUSA’s Newsletter Editor.

Elissa was selected repeatedly as a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star and for Top Attorneys – New York Metro Area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers. In addition, she was selected for Top Women Attorneys in New York Metro and Top Attorneys – Westchester Area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, was the inaugural recipient of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.'s 2011 Award for Excellent Service and received the 2005 New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She was previously Associate Counsel with The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. and its parent company, the National Music Publishers Association, Inc.

Practice Areas include:

• Entertainment Law
• Copyright
• Trademark
• Intellectual Property
• Television
• Production
• Music
• Dance
• Photography
• Internet
• Media
• Business
• Corporate issues
• Contracts
• Publishing ,

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