Scott regularly works
with clients to develop and implement strategic solutions to protect their content and brands.
Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP
4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20016
Scott Zebrak is a co-founding partner at Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP. He has extensive litigation and counseling experience involving copyright law, content protection, and related Internet and commercial matters.
For more than two decades, Scott has worked closely with clients to develop and implement strategic solutions to protect their creative works and brands from infringement, online piracy, counterfeiting, subscription fraud, database theft, and unfair competition. In particular, Scott helps clients navigate important, often cutting-edge copyright, DMCA, and anti-piracy matters involving digital media and technology. Apart from handling disputes, Scott maintains an active practice assisting clients with various non-adversarial matters related to their IP portfolios. He has also testified as an expert witness in the Hotfile copyright case brought by the movie studios.
Prior to co-founding Oppenheim + Zebrak, Scott served for four years as Vice-President, Litigation & Legal Affairs, at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. In that capacity, Scott provided legal advice on the preeminent copyright and DMCA issues of the day involving new technologies and the Internet. He participated actively in several precedent-setting copyright infringement suits brought by the major record companies to combat online piracy, including LimeWire and Usenet.com, among others. Scott also held a leading role in a landmark mechanical ratemaking proceeding (section 115) before the Copyright Royalty Board.
Before the RIAA, Scott served as Deputy General Counsel & Director of IP at CoStar Group, Inc., a publicly traded provider of online commercial real estate information services. For over six years, he built CoStar’s anti-piracy program and was responsible for protecting the company’s robust IP portfolio, which included original news articles, databases, software, newsletters, photographs, and other proprietary material. Scott provided strategic advice and legal support on all facets of IP law and associated licensing, marketing, product development, and Internet matters. He was also intimately involved in an early and significant digital copyright and DMCA case, CoStar v. LoopNet, both at the district court and on appeal.
Prior to CoStar, Scott practiced for several years as an IP litigation associate at the Venable law firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked on a variety of trademark, copyright, and false advertising litigation. He joined Venable after starting his legal career as a judicial clerk for a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division (a/k/a the “Rocket Docket”).
Scott has authored several articles involving issues of IP and new technology. His most recent writings are “Viacom v. YouTube: a Missed Opportunity,” published in The National Law Journal, and “A DMCA Thrown Off Balance: UMG v. Veoh and Beyond,” published in The Computer & Internet Lawyer.
Scott has for several years provided pro bono counsel to A Wider Circle, Inc. (www.awidercircle.org), an organization that helps individuals, families, and communities in need lift themselves out of poverty.
Scott earned his B.A. from Tufts University in Economics and his J.D., summa cum laude, from The American University, Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars and lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and two children.