Daniel J. Schacht Partner
Daniel heads the firm’s Music and Entertainment practice and co-chairs the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has had the good fortune of serving as outside general counsel to top creative talent and entrepreneurs, including world-renowned musicians and the number one app. In addition to his licensing and business practice, his copyright and trademark litigation experience includes serving as co-counsel in the successful “Happy Birthday” lawsuit, described by The New York Times as “a lawsuit for the ages,” that put the world’s most popular song in the public domain.
Giving back to his community is important to Daniel. He teaches Music Law at his alma mater, U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); he provides California Lawyers for the Arts with pro bono services and seminars on the law and business of music; he previously served on the boards of Oakland Art Murmur, which brings international attention to Oakland’s vibrant arts scene, and the Great Wall of Oakland, which showcases visual art from Oakland and around the world; and he currently serves as pro bono counsel to two of Oakland’s Community Benefit Districts. During law school, Daniel served as president of both the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Parents at Boalt, and was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Before law school, he worked for a decade in the Bay Area music scene as a bassist, sound engineer, studio owner, and producer.
Articles & Press
- ‘Happy Birthday’ Case May Change Content Licensing Practices, Daily Journal, July 2016
- The Most Famous Song in the World Set Free: Impacts of the Happy Birthday to You Settlement, IPWatchdog.com®, July 2016
- Das Ende vom Lied, Süddeutsche Zeitung (Magazin), March 2016
- A Smoking Gun in the Case of Who Owns ‘Happy Birthday to You’, KQED Interview, September 15, 2015
- Copyrights Should be Registered in the U.S.
- Happy Birthday to You, Oakland Business Review, September 2015
- The Forgotten Asset: Copyright Law for Estate Planners, East Bay Estate Planning Council, September 12, 2016
- Oaklanders Talk Tech, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, September 11, 2015
- The Merch Table: Licensing & Merchandising for Creative Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, April 16, 2015
- Crossing the Digital Divide, 32nd Annual Music Business Seminar: Licensing and Merchandising in the Music Business, California Lawyers for the Arts, January 31, 2015
- Music Law Essentials Series, California Lawyers for the Arts
- Contract Fundamentals in the Music Industry, May 20, 2014
- Trademark Fundamentals in the Music Industry, April 17, 2014
- Copyright Fundamentals in the Music Industry, March 25, 2014