Content and Music Licensing for Podcasters

Content and Music Licensing for Podcasters: Using Music, Media, and Video Content in a PodcastBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Adding “Podcast Host” to your resume? There has been a growth in podcasting, including a large increase in overall podcast “listenership.” This expansion includes podcasts hosted by individuals and celebrities as well as those created by […]

What Are “Neighboring Rights”?

What are “Neighboring Rights” In The Music Business?By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Featured artists, session musicians and master sound recording owners from other countries, including record labels, are entitled to an additional royalty stream that artists and sound recording owners within the United States are currently not receiving. This additional revenue stream is referred to […]

Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Rights: Recent Changes in Collegiate Athletics

Sports Law: Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Rights: Recent Changes in Collegiate AthleticsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. The recent changes in college athletic administrative policies have caused a monumental shift in the sports business and legal profession with emergence of a new potential “$100 million” market. As a result of a series of lawsuits and […]

Trademark Infringement in The U.S.

Trademark Law: Trademark Infringement in the U.S.By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Trademark law provides the exclusive right to use a mark to differentiate the goods or services of one person or business from those of another. A trademark commonly includes a word, phrase, logo, design or a combination of these, which are used in relation […]

Athletes and Entertainers: Clear Your Tattoos – Copyright Protection for Tattoos

Copyright Protection and Rights Clearance for TattoosBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. It is important for individuals and businesses in the entertainment and video game industries to be aware of the licensing requirements related to the use, display and reproduction of an entertainer, celebrity, athlete, or other social media influencer’s tattoos and other “body art.” In […]

Trademark Litigation and Cease and Desist Letters

Trademark Law: U.S. Trademark Litigation and Cease and Desist LettersBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. If a party believes that their ownership rights in a registered trademark are violated by another individual or business, this individual or company has a variety of available options to police and protect their rights. This might include potentially instituting a […]

Trademark Renewals

Trademark Law: U.S. Trademark Registration Renewals – Renewal of Registered TrademarksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. To maintain a trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.) in good standing and to continue to receive the benefits of the registration, the mark must be renewed so that it is will not be invalidated […]

Intellectual Property Law Protection of Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga Works

Intellectual Property Law Protections for Comics, Cartoons, Anime, and Manga WorksBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Ranging from the characters from Marvel, Disney, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, South Park, Mario, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sailor Moon, and many other creative properties, today’s popular entertainment products feature a plethora of unique intellectual property (IP), including rights that exist in […]

Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and Bars

Copyright Law: Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs and BarsBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. When operating a business, it is important for an owner to be aware of how restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and other hospitality enterprises can legally play music for its guests. Specifically, a public performance license must be obtained by the venue owner from […]

Copyright of Dance Choreography

Music Law: Copyright of Dance ChoreographyBy Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Over the years, there has been an on-going public debate regarding the copyright protection afforded to the “creator” of a dance. This includes a dispute brought by Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actor, Alfonso Ribeiro for his “Carlton Dance” against game developer, Epic Games. Furthermore, several […]