It is with deep regret and sorrow
that we must let you know that our former senior partner and dear friend,
Gabe Perle, has
passed away after a prolonged illness. Gabe will be greatly missed by all of us
who loved and admired him, as both a man and one of the country’s most respected
copyright lawyers. His wry smile, sense of humor and ability to tell the most
intriguing stories about his past meant so much to all of us that have had the
pleasure to know and work with Gabe over the years.
Gabe’s life as well as his
professional experiences were unique. A native of New York City, Gabe, was an
Eagle Scout and graduated from Queens College in 1943.
He served as a Lieutenant in the
amphibious forces in the Navy during World War II and was in command of landing
craft during the initial assault waves in the invasions of Guam, Leyte, Luzon
After his military service, Gabe entered Yale Law School,
where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and obtained his law degree in
1949. He went on to be the head of the Legal Department at Time Inc. where he
was responsible for the legal affairs of Time, Life, Fortune, Sports
Illustrated, Money and People magazines as well as Time-Life Books, Home Box
Office and Time Warner Cable. During his years at Time Inc., Gabe was recognized
as one of the country's leading authorities in intellectual property, copyright,
publishing, computer, entertainment and communications law. In 1975, President
Gerald Ford appointed Gabe as a founding Commissioner of the National Commission
on New Technological Works ("CONTU"), which drafted legislation enacted by
Congress for the protection of computer programming and software.
Gabe also co-authored, along with attorney John Williams, the
seminal two-volume work, Perle & Williams on Publishing Law. He was heavily
involved in both professional and philanthropic organizations. Gabe was a past
President and Honorary Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and a
two-time Chairman of the American Bar Association's Copyright Division/IP Law
Section in addition to having been a Vice President and Member of the Board of
Directors of the U.S. Trademark Association now INTA. Gabe was the Vice Chairman
of the Big Apple Circus during its critical early phases. He was also a former
director and secretary of the Baron de Hirsch Fund, of which he was an honorary
Trustee. He was a member of the Century Association of New York City.
Gabe joined OGRP in 1995 as a named partner after his
esteemed career at Time Inc. and various NYC law firms and continued to practice
law until 2012. Gabe was extremely proud to be a member of the bar for more
than 65 years and to provide legal counsel to his many clients.