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Mark H. Jaffe Interviewed on Trademark and Copyright Issues for Recording Artists

article for the The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, where he explained to reporter Alison Fensterstock of the implications of the lawsuit on Wayne’s streaming royalties, and discussed the dispute in the context of artists’ seeking to regain control of their copyrights. He was later profiled on the Mexican website, where he discussed the Lil Wayne lawsuit in further detail. The interview was published in Spanish and English. Later, following his blog post on this firm’s website, Mark discussed Taylor Swift’s pending trademark applications in World Trademark Review. Mark addressed the mainstream media’s misunderstanding of Swift’s applications for her lyrics like “This Sick Beat,” assuring the public that Swift is only seeking to use phrases as source indicators of her merchandise. In the article he said that the media uproar “creates a false impression to the public of a monopolisation of the English language. She’s not actually seeking to trademark lyrics, that cannot happen.” Mark H. Jaffe is a partner at Tor Ekeland, PC.  He does not represent Taylor Swift or any of the parties in Lil Wayne’s action, but he does practice trademark and copyright law and he has worked with recording artists and other authors to secure their rights. He can be reached at  ]]]]> ]]>

Road to Nowhere

In Liminae: The Road to Nowhere

It takes us about six hours to drive to the rural state jail (that’s owned by two judges) the Feds contracted with to hold our client. Accused of computer crimes, he can’t effectively review evidence in jail – there’s no practical access to computers in the gulag. They’ve seized all his assets claiming they’re the ill-gotten gains of crimes the government can’t identify, and their computer forensics – if you can call them that – have no scientific basis and are full of basic errors and typos. In my decade as a federal criminal defense lawyer doing computer cases across the country, I’ve never come across a case where the government was so completely off.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

A defendant’s view from the trenches of federal criminal court This post is originally published to Substack. You can read and follow us there.

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