Mark Jaffe

Mark J Writes on Rights

Termination Information Part 1: What the Friday the 13th Decision Means for Screenwriters and Other Authors This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing termination rights – authors’ rights under the Copyright Act to retrieve their copyrights they previously assigned. For past articles about termination rights and the myriad issues they entail, see here and here where

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Because you need registration to sue for copyright infringement, does a copyright really have any value if it’s not registered?

From Mark Jaffe’s Twitter: I was asked a couple of times: because you need registration to sue for copyright infringement, does a copyright really have any value if it’s not registered? The answer is yes, it most definitely does. To recap, copyright protection exists at the moment you create the work. But before you can sue for copyright infringement, the

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Employment Law

Event: How the New Gig Worker Law & Immigration Regulations Impact Small Business – November 13, 2019

Join Mark Jaffe and The Lamorinda Entrepreneurs for a panel discussion featuring three seasoned attorneys who will cover everything you need to know about how the new gig worker law and immigration regulations impact small businesses along with other common employment legal issues for small business and independent contractors alike. About this Event DETAILS: Wednesday, November 13th 6:30-8:30pm Orinda

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The Reconcilable Conflict Over Copyright Registration – A Proposal

Last month, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split, holding that under the Copyright Act, the Copyright Office must have granted registration to the plaintiff’s copyright before the plaintiff can sue. Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. The Fourth Estate decision was neither ground-breaking nor surprising. It was a reasonable interpretation of 17 U.S.C. §411, which requires registration of

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Defusing the Time Bomb Once Again

Determining Authorship in a Sound Recording This article by Mark Jaffe was originally published in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. on December 8, 2005.

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December Newsletter: Deck the Halls With Fortnite ad Copyright

Wishing you and your family a happy holidays from all of us at Tor Ekeland Law, PLLC We will be on limited staffing for the final week of the year but will still be monitoring our consult requests. As always our emergency lines will continue to be available for our clients. We ask that you please be patient if we

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November Newsletter: Legal News to Bring to the Thanksgiving Table

Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain Screenings in LA Tor will be participating in the Friday and Saturday Q&A panels following the screenings. Friday screening has sold out! Grab your tickets now to join us November 16th, and 17th  Directed by award-winning documentarian Alex Winter and narrated by Rosario Dawson. TRUST MACHINE drills down on #blockchain technology. Why are banks

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