Benjamin Jaffe

Benjamin Jaffe

Partner, New York bjaffe@cdas.com

Benjamin Jaffe is a Partner and Chair of the Digital Media & Technology practice group at CDAS. Ben handles cutting-edge transactions across a broad range of digital media, emerging content, and entertainment projects with a particular focus in podcasting, music tech, advertising/strategic brand partnerships, digital video content, and blockchain-based content distribution. Ben’s clients frequently engage him as outside general counsel where he handles a wide range of legal and business affairs matters. Ben brings a practical and business-minded approach towards handling his clients’ legal issues, and is often recognized for his ability to identify and skillfully negotiate strategic opportunities and partnerships that facilitate company growth, profitability, and market position, and for which there is often no existing market or relevant precedent.

In podcasting, Ben is an industry leading attorney where he represents prominent podcast networks, production companies, and individual podcasters, as well as high-profile celebrity talent and influencers across a wide range of scripted and unscripted content projects.  Ben regularly structures and negotiates first-in-class content acquisition and development deals, sales and distribution agreements, slate production and distribution partnerships, branded content production agreements, and talent partnership deals. Ben also frequently advises on complex intellectual property rights issues, including regarding the adaptation, development, and exploitation of derivative works and ancillary properties based on podcasts and vice versa.  Ben is known for his in-depth industry knowledge and strategic business acumen, which he uses to help his clients develop and grow innovative audio businesses with robust brand recognition.

Ben also represents a wide range of established and early-stage digital content distribution services, social media and technology platforms, and mobile applications across a broad range of matters related to the licensing, acquisition, development, production, and distribution of audio and audio-visual content on or through their platforms and services.  In particular, Ben has been active in the music industry for most of his life and frequently structures and negotiates a wide array of direct licensing deals with music labels, publishers, and performing rights organizations.  Ben also frequently works with blockchain-based, decentralized content distribution services as well as NFT companies where he advises on complex licensing matters, drafts terms and agreements related to the minting and sale of NFTs and the exploitation of underlying intellectual property rights contained within associated content assets, and assists clients regarding the use of NFTs to build community engagement and increased brand recognition around existing content properties.

Ben has extensive experience advising clients on, and negotiating and drafting agreements related to, joint ventures and strategic brand partnerships, advertising and social media matters (including online contests/sweepstakes/promotions rules, influencer service deals, master services agreements, and endorsement/sponsorship arrangements), website terms of use and privacy policies, and other related commercial transactions.  In addition, Ben often advises digital media clients with respect to a wide array of user generated content matters, including the development, implementation and enforcement of robust user generated content policies covering end user community guidelines, content removal, repeat infringement procedures, and reporting requirements.

Prior to joining CDAS, Ben was a corporate associate in the New York office of Hogan Lovells US LLP where he advised clients on a broad range of transactional matters including complex structured financings, corporate restructurings, M&A activity, and securities law matters.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ben worked at several advertising agencies, including the digital media agency, Razorfish, where he specialized in paid search (SEM) marketing.

Awards

  • “Rising Star,” New York, Super Lawyers, 2016-2022
  • Variety, Dealmakers Impact Report, “Up Next,” 2017
  • New York Law Journal “Trailblazer” 2020
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Intellectual Property Law 2021
  • Hollywood Reporter – New York Power Lawyer (Entertainment) 2021

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