Scott L. Baker, Esq.

Scott L. Baker, Esq.

Special Counsel

Overview

Scott concentrates his practice on litigation and transactions involving entertainment law, copyright, trademark, and related issues.

Scott represents businesses and individuals in the music, film, theater, television, and book publishing industries, such as music publishing companies, record companies, recording artists, songwriters, authors, managers, producers, and book publishers. In addition, Scott has extensive experience representing copyright and trademark owners and users both in and outside of the entertainment industry with respect to litigation and transactions involving:

  • musical compositions
  • sound and audiovisual recordings
  • literary works
  • choreography
  • visual art
  • computer programs
  • clothing designs
  • rug designs
  • jewelry designs
  • photographs
  • royalty disputes
  • commission and fee disputes
  • right of publicity violations for unauthorized use of names, photographs, and images
  • false designation of origin
  • false advertising
  • management agreements
  • recording agreements
  • music publishing agreements
  • license agreements, and
  • copyright registration.

Scott has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals defending copyright owners’ interests in songs such as “Wipe Out” (Gil Enterprises, Inc. v. Delvy), “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” (Merchant v. Levy), and “Mony, Mony” (Ackoff-Ortega v. Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.). He has represented many copyright owners in copyright infringement class actions, including landmark cases for online uses, such as Frank Music Corp. v. CompuServe, Inc., which resulted in the first mechanical license for digital uses, and Leiber & Stoller v. Napster, Inc.  Scott has also represented copyright owners as creditors in many bankruptcy cases of insolvent copyright users, such as record companies. 

Scott has given presentations on issues such as defending copyright claims (before the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.) and  record piracy (before the National Music Publishers’ Association). 

Prior to joining Axenfeld Law Group, LLC, Scott was a named partner in the prominent New York entertainment law boutique Silverman Shulman & Baker, P.C., where he worked for 12 years following general litigation positions at prominent New York and New Jersey law firms. 

In addition to practicing law, Scott enjoys playing guitar and bass in musical bands, attending musical performances, skiing, traveling with his family, photography and videography, and stamp collecting.

 

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law; member of American Journal of Law and Medicine, G. Joseph Tauro Scholar.

B.A. in Political Science, minor in Spanish, University of Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions – Admitted to practice law in:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

In addition, Scott has been admitted pro hac vice (for particular cases) to the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in many districts throughout the country.

Memberships: Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York State Bar Association (Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Chester County Bar Association.