How Do I Protect My Band’s Name?
While a copyright application is relatively cheap and easily filed with the United States Copyright Office, a trademark application can be costly and is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Have You or Your Band Been Offered a Recording Contract?
Oftentimes, a band will have some contact with the label for months before getting to the contract stage. Make sure you know what kind of organization you’re about to work with, especially considering what the label has done (or not done) for other artists.
Tips on Hiring an Entertainment Law Attorney
Of course, it would benefit any entertainer, actor, musician, artist, to have input from an attorney from the very beginning so that he/she might better avoid traps and pitfalls.
What is a Trademark?
Too often entrepreneurs put in years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, only to find that success brings a host of new problems – including trade name problems.
What is Music Copyright?
It is important to note that while copyright law is federal, contract law is state specific, so cases may involve elements of both federal and state law. Music copyright law generally involves the rights to musical compositions or to recordings of those compositions.
To Be an LLC, or Not To Be an LLC
Conducting your business through a corporation or LLC establishes a corporate veil that protects members from personal liability. The caveat is you need to take care of the LLC and do what is legally necessary to maintain that corporate veil.
Kiddie Contracts Update
It would appear as though former child stars, after having originally transcended their age to handle the demands of the entertainment business, eventually regress back to a maturity level to match the age when they signed their first contract.
Kiddie contracts - cheating Mother Law
One can’t help but wonder if there is a cause-and-effect relationship between signing a contract at an early age and ending up with a substance abuse issue. Do we consumers bear any responsibility for these downfalls or are they simply the price paid for early fame?