New Orleans, LA asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Louisiana

Q: Someone is using my artwork to promote their live show without my permission. Recommendations on course of action?

I created promotional material for a show in Vegas. There was no contract; they never licensed it from me, so they don't own the rights to any of it.

They have since remounted a different show under the same name in LA & they are using my creative work to promote the new show.

I did not give permission and I want them to either license the work from me or cease to use any material that I created.

Not opposed to hiring a lawyer if need be.

1 Lawyer Answer

Benton R Patterson III

Answered
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX

A: The first step would be to approach them yourself to try to work out a deal. If that doesn't work, try having an attorney contact them on your behalf and explain why they are legally obligated to stop using your work and properly compensate you. If that fails, you could sue them for copyright infringement. If you think you may need to sue, you should register your work with the US Copyright Office so that you may recover monetary damages.

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