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Copyrights
Mark Jaffe

Forward to the Past: How the Statute of Limitations can Jeopardize the Copyright Termination Right

What if you’ve been given a future right that you can’t exercise when the future becomes present because of what you didn’t do in the past, even though you couldn’t have done what you didn’t do in the past because it wasn’t the future?
That’s how the statute of limitations can thwart a statutory right to get your copyrights back.
If that didn’t make sense to you, you’re getting the point. So read on.

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Copyrights
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
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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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-new-gig-worker-law-immigration-regulations-impact-small-business-tickets-79082468793? 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. Wall-Street.com. 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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