Hiring an Entertainment Attorney – Some Insider Tips

July 8th, 2014

If you find yourself needing an entertainment attorney to represent your creative business, these tips will come in handy. Finding the right lawyer and law firm for your business is one of the most important steps for your company.  While your creative business may allow you to color outside the lines, or even create your own coloring book, the world of law expects you to color by numbers and keep those crayons inside the lines.  To help you navigate this world, here are a few tips for selecting an entertainment lawyer and/or entertainment law firm to best represent your business.

Ensure you’re looking for the right type of attorney. 

Selecting an attorney requires you to find the right type of attorney, whether or not your business is part of the creative industry.  If you are a creative person or your business is in a creative industry, you should find an attorney and a firm that specializes in entertainment law and law for the creative arts. You want an attorney that knows the ins and outs of your particular type of business and/or industry.  Your attorney should already have the industry knowledge and know-how to best represent the interests of your company.

Ensure the attorney provides the services you need. 

entertainment-attorneys-denverIf you find an entertainment attorney and/or entertainment law firm that specializes in entertainment law, be sure they provide the specific services you need for your business.  If you want to hire an entertainment attorney to help with your trademarks and copyrights, make sure that attorney has the necessary expertise and experience before you hire him or her.  Otherwise, you’ll have to go right back to the drawing board. If you’re not sure, just ask!

Ask about the attorney’s and firm’s history. 

You also want to make sure that the attorney and/or firm you hire has a good track record and looks after the best interests of its clients.  Ask the attorney questions about his or her other experiences with the specific issue you are dealing with.  Ask how the attorney proposes to help you achieve your goals. And don’t hesitate to ask how much it will cost. You deserve to have these questions answered!

Creative Law Network provides expert legal services related to entertainment law, intellectual property law and business law.  Our attorney has years of experience helping clients protect their rights and achieve their goals.  Contact us to have all your questions answered. It’s a great first step!

Current Trends in Copyright, Trademark and Entertainment Law

July 7th, 2014

The digital era has introduced us to convenience, instant communication, instant information and unlimited databases for research.  Along with digital information comes the growing need for ways to protect it.  Our Copyright, Trademark and Entertainment Laws must be improved to protect against copyright infringement in the digital age.

What’s Happening?

In 2013, approximately $9.7 billion worth of software was pirated in the United States.  While copyrighting software has been Copyright Trademark Entertainment Law Trendspracticed for decades, the means to illegally replicate and distribute it has grown tremendously.  Finding ways to protect software developers and their products is imperative to keeping their companies running.  Similar issues are occuring in digital fields such as databases and digital media.  Today’s technology allows for easy, cheap and instantaneous file sharing.  Twitter, for example, averages over 9000 tweets per second globally.  It literally takes seconds for an original document or file to become globally accessible.  As these changes and technological advances occur, there is a growing need to update copyright laws and practices.

What Is Being Done?

The U.S. government is reviewing the current state of affairs and considering steps needed to update the relevant copyright, trademark and entertainment laws.  There is a recognized need to improve these rules to protect developers and distributors.  Database rights are also being reviewed.  Databases fall outside the protections of the U.S. Copyright Law because a database is not a creative work.  Regulation has been encouraged to govern the use of this factual information. Exclusive rights to digital media rights are also being reviewed for improvements.   Social media has exploded in recent years and the sharing of files is possibly one of the most common features of these social media websites.  Photographs, written documents, music and videos are passed around the internet millions of times each day, every day of the year.  The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was implemented in 1998 to protect the owners of creative works in the digital world.  However, technology has continued to advance and evolve faster than the copyright laws can adapt.

Present and Future

Databases, digital media, software and internet technology are part of our daily lives.  While many people give little thought to how information is received, there are specific rules governing the ownership and transfer of data and materials. There is a growing need to focus on updating the laws that protect the owners and creators of creative works and information.  The digital revolution presents new challenges for the current copyright, trademark and entertainment laws.  Changes must be made to ensure that artists, creators, distributors and owners are able to produce, protect and profit from their material under the protection of the appropriate laws.

At Creative Law Network, we help you make sense of all of these legal issues and changes.  If your work is available online, talk to us about ways to protect both yourself and your work.  We will help you understand the law and use it to your advantage.