About Dan Booth

Dan Booth is an accomplished litigator, skilled negotiator, and adept counselor in copyright, trademark, entertainment, defamation, and First Amendment law. He specializes in redressing bad faith claims of online defamation and copyright and trademark violations, primarily from copyright trolls. Dan serves as trusted outside counsel to creators and innovators across a wide range of media and industries, registering and defending trademarks and copyrights, and helping to build creative resolutions for business conflicts over creators’ rights and free expression.

Dan graduated from Hampshire College and from Columbia Law School. At Columbia, he served as a senior editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, worked as a legal assistant at Matador Records, and graduated with honors as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was admitted to practice law in 2007, trained as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York and at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, and was a founder and partner in Booth Sweet LLP from 2010 to 2019.

Dan is an active participant in the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, the Copyright Society of the USA, the Boston Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Copyright Litigation Committee. He often speaks on copyright and free speech issues in continuing legal education programs and has been a panelist at the Museum of Pop’s annual Pop Music Conference seven times since 2008. He has written for the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, the American Bar Association’s intellectual property journal Landslide, Washington University in St. Louis’ The Common Reader, In These Times, The Boston Phoenix, Index, and the film journal The Molten Rectangle.

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, June 2015
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, January 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, October 2012
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, October 2010
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, June 2008

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2005
  • Hampshire College, Bachelor of Arts, May 1991

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Musical Chairs: Band Names, Brand Names, and Trademark Law
    Pop Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, April 12, 2019
  • Three DMCA Takedowns: A Walkoff, A Talkoff, and a Standoff
    Fair Use Week Symposium, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, March 1, 2018
  • “Songs My Mother Taught Me”: How We Sing Freedom
    Pop Conference, Museum of Pop Culture, April 22, 2017
  • Edge Cases in Copyright: Theoretical Problems and Practical Solutions
    Copyright Society of the U.S.A. New England Chapter, February 2, 2016
  • Elonis v. United States: True Threats and Beating the Rap with the Hip-Hop Defense
    Pop Music Conference, Experience Music Project, April 18, 2015
  • “I Have Been Learning Things About Myself That Will Make the Most Interesting Book Ever”
    Pop Music Conference, Experience Music Project, April 27, 2014
  • Music Law 101: Music Copyrights and Rights of Publicity
    CLE program, National Business Institute, April 10, 2014
  • How Not to Get A Record Deal
    GrindXDesign, October 17, 2012
  • Intellectual Property Issues Commonly Encountered in Contracts
    CLE program (chair), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, July 19, 2012
  • Texting in Klingon
    This Week in Law podcast, March 2, 2012
  • Copyright Termination: A Guide to Reclaiming Your Copyrights
    CLE program (chair), Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, November 7, 2011
  • Providing Legal Services to Creative Professionals
    Art Law Society, Boston University Law School, October 24, 2011
  • What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property
    Boston Bar Association, April 26, 2011
  • Copyright Trolling: How to Rip Off George Clinton and Ruin Hip Hop for Fun and Profit
    Pop Music Conference, Experience Music Project, February 26, 2011
  • Avoiding and Defending Against Claims of Online Defamation
    Webinar, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, August 9, 2010
  • Phil Ochs as Elvis Presley: “Gunfight at Carnegie Hall”
    Pop Music Conference, Experience Music Project, April 11, 2008

Selected Publications