The Law Office of Allen Jacobi is an entertainment law firm in Miami, Florida. For over 35 years, entertainment attorney Allen Jacobi has represented some of the largest entertainment law transactions in the history of the State of Florida. Our client list is a who’s who in the entertainment industry from Grammy Award winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.

Our areas of practice are Music, Film and Television. We specialize in Trademark Law, Publishing Law, Copyright Law and Licensing Law. Our services include Contract Negotiation, Digital Rights Acquisition and Artist, Producer & Songwriter Representation.

Allen Jacobi is a pioneering entertainment lawyer who has successfully been able to combine music, motion picture and television into a single career. As the record label president of Pyramid Records, Mr. Jacobi has earned a platinum reputation among musicians and industry insiders, a film attorney working with major studios and independent film makers, and a television industry attorney representing superstar actors, television programs and newscasters.

Mr. Jacobi has spoken as an expert in the entertainment industry at The Washington DC Music Forum, The Winter Music Conference, ASCAP Seminars, East Coast Music Forum, North American Entertainment Sports & IP Law Summit and other music conferences and symposiums. He has appeared on national television on The Phil Donahue Show, The Geraldo Rivera Show, CNN, MTV, VH-1, Good Morning America and numerous news items on national media throughout the years. Mr. Jacobi has been quoted in such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald and The London Times.


By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

September 04, 2015 2:56 PM EDT

Arguing that the Telluride Film Festival isn’t showing her enough respect, Aretha Franklin has filed a lawsuit for emergency injunctive relief to prevent the screening of Amazing Grace.

The late Sydney Pollack shot much of the footage from Franklin’s 1972 concert performance at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California and reportedly shelved it for decades because of problems with the sound. Before his death in 2008, Pollack expressed his wish for the completion of the film about the concert, which coincided with the best-selling album of Franklin’s career. However, according to legal papers filed in Colorado federal court, “the footage was taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without agreement and consent by Ms. Franklin.” Read more »

By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter

July 23, 2015 9:12 PM EDT

SiriusXM’s $210 million settlement with the record companies over pre-1972 music won’t stop for the Turtles.

Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, who filed the breakthrough class action questioning if SiriusXM could play music recorded before 1972 (when federal copyright laws were changed to cover sound recordings) without authorization or royalties, filed earlier this month to stop the settlement and instead have SiriusXM pay the money into an account under the court’s control and direction.

They wanted the record companies’ settlement to wait on their case, in which they received a landmark summary judgment ruling in their favor in September 2014. Months later, in May 2015, they received certification of their proposed class of musicians who recorded songs prior to 1972, in another huge win. Read more »

Deadmau5, Disney Settle Dispute Over ‘Mouse Head’ Logo

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By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

June 22, 2015 1:32 PM EDT

Time to cancel those surveys asking whether anyone would confuse the logo of Deadmau5 with the head of Mickey Mouse. Deadmau5 — aka EDM star Joel Zimmerman — has come to an agreement with Disney over his registration of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth.

Last September, Disney said in opposition papers filed at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the Deadmau5 design was “nearly identical in appearance, connotation and overall commercial impression to Disney’s Mouse Ears Marks” and would “cause confusion” among consumers. Read more »

Apple Music Investigated for Label Collusion

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By Colin Stutz

June 09, 2015 9:26 PM EDT

The attorneys general of New York and Connecticut have been investigating Apple’s new streaming service in an attempt to determine whether the tech giant pressured or conspired with record labels to withdraw support for other services.

At issue: The advertising-based freemium model offered by Spotify and other companies which has prompted concern by the attorney general of New York, Eric T. Schneiderman, and the attorney general of Connecticut, George Jepsen, as to potential collusion whereby a competitor attempts to edge out another.

Apple Music does not provide a free version, but is offering a three-month free trial period. Read more »

Pandora Wins In ASCAP’s Appeal of Payment Rate

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By Ed Christman

May 06, 2015 2:33 PM EDT

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Pandora, saying that the 1.85 percent of revenue cost set by the ASCAP v. Pandora rate court is reasonable for all five years of the license; and affirming the ruling by Judge Denise Cote, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge, that partial withdrawals of digital rights under the consent decree are not allowed.

ASCAP had appealed the 1.85 percent rate set by Judge Denise Cote for Pandora’s license, which is set to expire on Dec. 31 of this year. Read more »

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

April 14, 2015 3:20 PM EDT

Universal Music has agreed to pay up to $11.5 million and bump up royalties going forward to resolve a contention lawsuit that alleged it had cheated recording artists by improperly classifying digital downloads off of services like Apple’s iTunes as “sales” rather than “licenses.”

The settlement, filed on Tuesday and needing judge’s approval, would compensate an estimated 7,500 artists including named plaintiffs Chuck D. of Public Enemy, Rick James (by way of trust), Dave Mason of Traffic, Whitesnake, Andres Titus of Black Sheep, Ron Tyson of The Temptations, Martha Davis of The Motels, Feliciano Tavares and a few others. Read more »

Van Halen Settles Lawsuit With Drummer’s Ex-Wife

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By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

January 09, 2015 5:54 PM EST

Nearly two decades after Kelly Van Halen divorced drummer Alex Van Halen, she’s free to continue to use her famous last name on designer merchandise. All it took was three years of fighting at the U.S. Trademark Office and another 15 months in a California federal courtroom.

On Monday, attorneys for both Van Halen parties informed a judge that a lawsuit filed in October 2013 should be dismissed. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the dispute has been settled.

After divorcing from Alex, Kelly Van Halen named her construction and interior design company after herself and attempted to register a trademark on her own name for products like chairs, children’s blankets, bathing suits, building construction, interior design services and more. Read more »

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST

There are songs, and then there are dances. Here’s a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a billion-dollar lawsuit against YouTube.

Through a new outfit called Global Music Rights, music industry heavyweight Irving Azoff manages the performance rights of some 20,000 songs including works composed by the Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Lennon and others. Many of the songs were previously handled by ASCAP and BMI, which thanks to consent decrees with the Justice Department, were subject to blanket licenses anytime a digital outlet like YouTube requested one. Not anymore. Read more »

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

December 14, 2014 1:46 PM EST

A closely-watched dispute between Smokey Robinson and his ex-wife Claudette Robinson over song rights is about to be resolved. On Thursday (Dec. 11), the parties told a judge that they had reached a settlement in principle.

The battle involves termination rights under the 1976 Copyright Act. The legendary R&B singer, whose songs include “My Girl” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” is in the process of reclaiming rights to his works. But as he was doing this, the woman he was married to between 1957 and 1986, who says she put a hold on her own singing career to take care of the kids, asserted that she deserved a 50 percent share of what he recovered.

his led Smokey to file a lawsuit for declaratory relief with Claudette filing counterclaims. Read more »

Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

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By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter

December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST

When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica’s lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an “oh” on the song “Run This Town,” released on the album The Blueprint 3.

Yes, that’s right. One syllable.

The plaintiff alleged that the “oh” came from an older sound recording entitled “Hook & Sling Part 1.”

In Judge Kaplan’s ruling, he steps over the question of whether “oh” deserves copyright protection. Read more »

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