INTRODUCTION:Pryor Cashman LLP (7 TIMES SQUARE, 40TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10036) is a "New York law firm with sophisticated litigation, corporate, intellectual property, entertainment, real estate, bankruptcy, tax, employment, immigration and family law practices", as stated on their official website. One of the partners is Frank P. Scibilia and he is "a member of Pryor Cashman's Litigation, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Digital Media Groups". Doing business as Blue2Digital throughout the period 2012-2015, our company VIDYPS 79 d.o.o. operated as a music distribution service with the aim of connecting its clients with multiple digital music platforms including Vevo, Google Play, Spotify and many others. These services demanded that all the agreements and payments for the digital music sales be made through Merlin B.V., a company formally headquartered in the Netherlands (Europe), but actually run in the United Kingdom. Frank Scibilia at Pryor Cashman was introduced as a Merlin's attorney in October 2015.
INTRODUCING THE ISSUE:In April 2015 one of the most valued music video platforms, Vevo, sent us the royalty reports for January 2015 that did not reflect the actual number of views generated from the videos owned by Blue2Digital's clients for that month. It tended to become a serious issue as millions of views were missing from the reports, so Vladimir Milicev, CEO of Blue2Digital contacted Merlin and asked for more details on the matter. All our clients became familiar with the issue and so did John Guerrier De'Bey a.k.a. Sean Thurman, who I knew he had good connections with one of Vevo's major owners, Universal Music Group. Incredibly quickly, without asking for any formal document from De'Bey to prove his title, Charlie Lexton, Head of Business Affairs at Merlin B.V. accepted John De'Bey as a "VIDYPS Representative", which caught us all by surprise. In June 2015 De'Bey and Milicev received a very confused and messy email from Charlie Lexton, who explained that there was a technical error with the embedded software which counted streams and it means that - believe it or not - VIDYPS 79 was "overpaid" in the past and Merlin had the right to confiscate all the unpaid royalties VIDYPS 79 had with them. The Membership Agreement we had with Merlin did not envisage any possibilty of "triggering" one's liability or confiscating our company's earnings prior to exposing evidence to assert as a position in the argument, so we took it as an issue as big as the one we had with Vevo.
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INTRODUCING PRYOR CASHMAN LLP:All at sudden on October 15, 2015, for some reasons still left unknown, Charlie Lexton sent an email introducing Frank Scibilia from Pryor Cashman LLP, a New York based law firm. Neither Merlin B.V. was a New York based company nor it was VIDYPS 79 d.o.o., which made it unclear why a law firm from New York was introduced at all. Apparently, it was done because of the aforementioned John De'Bey who was from New York as well as to put pressure on Mr. Milicev as his company would be processed by a "world famous, ingenious experts" from Times Square.
* Charlie Lexton, Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel at Merlin Network, introduces their attorney Frank Scibilia at Pryor CashmanIt took us several months to put two and two together and realize that it was just a farce with an expected outcome. John Guerrier De'Bey a.k.a. Sean Thurman was suspected of submission of forged, falsified and altered documents. Merlin B.V. was found to be an indeterminate business entity suspected of being intent on taking the control of the flow of digital sales revenues. Vevo was suspected of improperly counting the video views which likely caused its video-hosting service to shut down and unauthorized use of around 1,000 music videos previously distributed by our company to their platform. And this is not the end of it.
MYSTERY OF A LETTER ALLEGEDLY WRITTEN BY FRANK P. SCIBILIA:Shortly after the introduction Vladimir Milicev came into possession of a letter allegedly written and signed by Frank P. Scibilia. The letter is available for review HERE. Having consulted with other lawyers from New York, we heard that Pryor Cashman LLP was a respectable law firm and that it was highly unlikely that such a letter could have ever been written by one of the partners, Frank Scibilia.
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