Entertainment law involves the application of contract, employment, and intellectual property law principles to the interactions that occur between members of the entertainment industry. Our attorneys are typically engaged in one of two activities, either we are hired to structure deals in way that provides the most benefit to our clients, or to protect our clients' interests when deals go bad.
Individuals who claim proprietary rights to motion pictures, television programs, music, and other forms of entertainment require assistance from an attorney in order to protect their rights from infringement. Entertainment law includes the following areas that relate to the types of activities that have specific trade unions, production techniques, rules, customs, case law, and negotiation strategies.
FILM: covering option agreements, chain of title issues, talent agreements (screenwriters, film directors, actors, composers, production designers), production and post production and trade union issues, distribution issues, motion picture industry negotiations distribution, and general intellectual property issues especially relating to copyright and, to a lesser extent, trademarks
MULTIMEDIA: software licensing issues, video game development and production, information technology law, and general intellectual property issues
MUSIC: talent agreements (musicians, composers), producer agreements, and synchronization rights, music industry negotiation and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright
PUBLISHING and PRINT MEDIA: advertising, models, author agreements and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright
TELEVISION and RADIO: broadcast licensing and regulatory issues, mechanical licenses, and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright
THEATRE: rental agreements and co-production agreements, and other performance oriented legal issues;
VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN: consignment of artworks to art dealers, moral rights of sculptors regarding works in public places; and industrial design, issues related to the protection of graphic design elements in products.
Other areas of entertainment law include:
If you need assistance with the legal aspects of an entertainment deal, or if you are facing the prospect of a lawsuit, there may be more at stake than just money. Your reputation and career may be in jeopardy as well. Contact our experienced entertainment law attorneys today to discuss your case!