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Rimon Partner Mark Lee’s article “The European Union’s New Copyright Directive” published in the Daily Journal

Insight Mark S. Lee Mark S. Lee · March 01, 2019

Information wants to be free, but intellectual property wants to be protected. The tension between this durable cliché and fundamental principle has informed much of the political and legal debate surrounding the commercial rise of the internet over the past 25 years.

This debate is presently centered in Europe, where the European Union seems poised to balance the rights of online service providers and intellectual property owners very differently from the US. If enacted, the EU’s new Copyright Directive will dramatically shift the burden and cost of protecting intellectual property from copyright owners to online service providers, a shift that could have a significant impact in the US as well as Europe. Read more.


Working at the intersection of intellectual property and entertainment, Mark Lee advises celebrities and celebrity estates, studios, and high-tech companies in copyright, trademark, and right of publicity matters.  He has litigated or counseled regarding copyrights and related rights in the music of Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Steve Perry Jackson Browne, and John Lee Hooker; in the literary works of authors John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Raymond Chandler, William Saroyan, Louis L’Amour, Helen Fielding, and Philip K. Dick; in the fictional characters Betty Boop, Barney, Rocky, Zorro, Dennis the Menace, and Emily the Strange; and in the photography of Richard Avedon and Jim Marshall. Read more about Mr. Lee here.