Entertainment Law

Entertainment law includes many areas of law -- copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, publishing, and others. Our entertainment law practice focuses on the application intellectual property law to the entertainment industry (especially trademarks, copyright, and the "right of publicity").  The entertainment industry includes theater, film, fine art, dance, opera, music, literary publishing, multimedia, visual arts and design, television, and radio.   

The primary concern of artists and entertainers is expressing their creativity. However, an artist or entertainer must make a living.   Since artists seldom have the resources to produce, manufacture, market, and distribute their own goods or services, they must find appropriate entertainment companies with which to form business relationships.  Artists, entertainers and entertainment companies share a single business goal of selling or otherwise profiting from creative works or services provided by writers, songwriters, musicians, and other artists.  Although they share this same goal, expectations regarding roles within the relationship and how the relationship should work financially are often at odds and should be defined by contracts. 

Artists and entertainers need to understand the legal aspects of the business relationships they enter into with agents, studios, sponsors, production companies, book publishers, managers, music clubs, record companies and others. They also should be concerned with laws that regulate any business relationships they form. Moreover, the advance of technology and digital publishing has expanded traditional entertainment legal issues. An artist or entertainer who ignores these issues or fails to have important business relationships defined in writing is likely to encounter many avoidable problems as his or her career advances.