Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in New York City, Marc Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film. He has represented the estates of world-renowned musicians George and Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and noted songwriters Shakira and Annie Roboff. He handled many films, including “Conviction,” starring two-time Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. He represented Oscar Nominee Rip Torn and is now Executive Producer of Dennis Hopper’s final film. He also held senior executive positions at several major Internet companies, and has significant experience in the entertainment and Internet industries. He currently advises many clients from around the globe on the business and intellectual property issues faced by entertainment businesses in the digital age, and offers creative business and financing strategies. This includes matters relating to the creation, development and exploitation of intellectual property rights in internet-based content as well as traditional film, television, video, music and theatrical matters. Some of his clients include industry leaders like Qtrax, which offers free and legal music on line to consumers in 66 countries, in an advertising supported environment; The New York Philharmonic; singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and Vice Chairman of ASCAP; Amy Atlas, “The Sweets Stylist” and Brian and Eddie Holland, noted songwriters for The Supremes, The Four Tops and many other important performers. Mr. Jacobson also represents Ibiza United, which operates nightclubs in Spain, and is opening two nightclubs in New York City, as well as two music festivals in Croatia and Columbia.
As a result of Marc Jacobson’s broad business and legal background, he is frequently sought out as an adviser by a diverse group of individuals and companies in connection with production, licensing, financing, recording, distributing, publishing, joint venture, personal service and related contracts. He has unique experience and expertise in handling the purchase and sale of music publishing catalogues and the financing, production and distribution of filmed entertainment. He is also well known for his strong experience with regard to the approval and disaffirmance of minors’ contracts.
Marc Jacobson graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in three states: New York, California (inactive) and Florida (inactive). Mr. Jacobson is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts and Sports Law. In his capacity as the former General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Public Policy for a major online service, Mr. Jacobson was among the pioneers in digital media law, and was a principal draftsman of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Due to his unparalleled experience in the field, he was called upon to offer expert testimony before Congress and WIPO regarding the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. An invited lecturer at industry conferences across the country on issues relating to entertainment and digital media law, Mr. Jacobson also served as Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School.