Entertainment law covers a broad set of legal issues affecting those in the entertainment industry from general business issues to complex intellectual property rights. Greg Harper Legal Group has over 30 years of experience assisting world-class entertainers with all of their legal needs.
Intellectual Property Rights
While nearly all entertainment works receive automatic copyright protection, entertainers must work vigorously to enforce their intellectual property rights. The failure to enforce your rights in even a single instance can make it incredibly difficult to enforce these rights in a future case or to collect damages for subsequent infringements.
Additionally, it is important to understand what your intellectual property rights are. In a work-for-hire, the rights transfer to the buyer, and in other cases, the producer or investor may provide a contract that provides for the waiver of intellectual property rights. These issues are negotiable, and you should be sure that you understand both your available rights and the meaning of the provided contract before making any decisions.
Entertainers face a complex tax situation with varying forms of income including salary, royalties, and independent contractor earnings. Additionally, traveling entertainers may be subject to both local taxes by the jurisdictions where they perform and where they live. Additional rules apply for those earning income in foreign countries. In many cases, it may be possible to structure performance agreements in a way that minimizes taxes.
Unlike other professions, contracts for entertainers are highly individualized. One singer notoriously negotiated everything down to the color of the candy in his dressing room. Because of this, it is advisable to have an attorney review each and every contract that you sign.
Greg Harper Legal Group is an experienced entertainment law firm serving Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Contra Costa County California, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.