Entertainment / Sports Questions & Answers by State

Entertainment / Sports Questions & Answers

Q: What are my son's agent's legal obligations to him once we've signed? (He's an actor.)

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It generally depends upon the terms of the agent's contract.

Q: What should I be aware of re: ownership if I submit an unsolicited screenplay to a studio?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on Dec 6, 2018
Jason Brooks' answer
I would register your screenplay with the US Copyright office BEFORE submitting it anywhere. The age old "poor man's copyright" (i.e. mailing the creative work to yourself and keeping in a sealed envelope) doesn't really protect you like a valid copyright registration does, nor does it give you the right to collect statutory damages for infringement.

After you've registered your work, I'd still be weary of submitting any unsolicited material. If you do send something, know that most,...

Q: In the state of Missouri, what are all the skateboarding laws? Where can I view them?

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Traffic Tickets, Constitutional Law and Entertainment / Sports for Missouri on
Answered on Oct 18, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
If you are not able to find laws in your ordinary searches under civil, traffic, recreational, and other laws, you could check with your elected officials on the city council, assembly, and other local, city, and state government bodies. One of the problems with skateboarding is that many places and parks do not want it because they consider it a liability, meaning that they’re afraid of getting sued if someone injures themselves or someone else. Good luck.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Can I get an artist visa when I've worked at a temp agency?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Entertainment / Sports for Massachusetts on
Answered on Oct 2, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
It depends what type of visa you have right now and what you are permitted to do in terms of work. If it’s under the OPT program, part time work at a temp agency shouldn’t impact your ability to get an O1 visa.

Q: What is the difference between a litigation and transactional entertainment lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
Jason Brooks' answer
"Litigation" refers to the filing of lawsuits (i.e. courtroom lawyers), whereas "Transactional" refers to general business and legal affairs of a person or entity (i.e. negotiation,drafting and review of contracts; and other deal making).

Often times an entertainment attorney will place an emphasis on one area but still practices in the other from time to time when necessary, or has partners or other affiliates in his or her network to refer such ancillary work to when the need arises.

Q: If a nonprofit owns a film, but gives a portion of the revenue to the filmmakers, who truly owns it?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Donovan A Rodriques' answer
How does the agreement between the filmmakers and nonprofit treat the issue of ownership of the film? How do you know the nonprofit owns it? Are there any documentation evidencing copyright ownership of the film?

Q: Is there a law that governs college scholarship contract provisions regarding behavior or conduct outside of athletics?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Answered on Jul 21, 2018
Gregory J. Tarone's answer
Yes, and no, and to a certain extent it depends on the institution providing the scholarship and what the rule is. There is no specific "law" for it. That is, no state or federal statutes that apply. Scholarships are contracts governing the rights of the parties -- and that is where you begin to ascertain what regulatory bodies have authority over student-athlete conduct outside their athletic roles. Most student-athlete scholarships are provided by member institutions of the National...

Q: Can minor league baseball players unionize?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Answered on Jul 20, 2018

Q: Question about dealing with dishonest practices by a Austin based company, Megolamedia. Want to know if I have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Entertainment / Sports for Texas on
Answered on Jul 7, 2018
Justin Charles Roberts' answer
Without more information (including seeing the agreement), it's difficult to determine whether or not you have a case. However, it generally sounds like you may need an attorney who can handle breach-of-contract cases, or potentially an attorney who can handle claims under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Q: Can "Entertainment Inc." Purchase property? Multiple Properties?

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Arizona on
Answered on Jun 8, 2018
Peter H. Westby's answer
Provided your corporation's governing documents allow it, your corporation can purchase real estate. Check with a lawyer in each state where you plan to purchase property. You may need to register your corporation as a foreign corporation doing business in each state. Your local lawyer will know.

Q: I need an entertainment attorney to look over a music feature contract that is 9 pages long. I have a budget.

3 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New Jersey on
Answered on Jun 6, 2018
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Good lawyers are never cheap and generally cheap lawyers are never good. If the contract is important to you never skimp on a lawyer. Remember in life in general, including lawyers you get what you pay for. As for the contract in general most lawyers know contract law as it is first year law school mandatory course, but you are right to seek one that has clients that are in the music industry which many of us have if you have practiced more than a few years.

Q: Can Delaware north sports group at Camden yards take a non profit volunteer without permission of the sub contractors

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Entertainment / Sports for Maryland on
Answered on May 28, 2018
John Espinosa's answer
This sounds like a matter of contract. Have any attorney review the applicable contracts with your subcontractors to determine if you need their pernission or not.

Q: Is it possible to use fictional characters from tv shows in music under transformative usage?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Answered on May 14, 2018
Benton R Patterson III's answer
In theory, yes it is possible. An attorney would need to know more about the work to give an opinion on whether the particular use is transformative.

Q: If you want to create an internet tv show how do you protect your intellectual property before posting your content?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Answered on May 12, 2018
John Espinosa's answer
Register it with the copyright office: https://copyright.gov/registration/

Q: Do screenwriters need any sort of professional liability insurance?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for California on
Answered on May 12, 2018
John Espinosa's answer
Yes, a professional liability insurance policy also known as errors and omissions. Can you do business without it? Sure, but then you take the risk.

Q: Can a high school athlete hire an agent to represent them in choosing a college?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Gregory J. Tarone's answer
Yes, but then he or she loses all amateur eligibility to compete in NCAA and other organizations' athletics, but not necessarily the Olympics. An amateur athlete cannot have an agent. It is entirely legitimate to engage the services of a lawyer on a fee basis for legal advice and guidance, but not to negotiate for the athlete. Parents also should not negotiate for the athlete with anyone, particularly colleges. Never, ever, should an amateur accept any money, clothing, equipment or...

Q: HS Basketball coach made my son switch his shorts with another players shorts that had blood on it during a game.

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Criminal Law, Education Law and Personal Injury for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 29, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Not prudent but not criminal unless the blood was infected, the Coach knewcor should have know it was infected, and intended harm to your son.

Q: I'm a songwriter from the Netherlands that recently signed a music publishing contract with an American company.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Immigration Law and Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Kevin D. Slattery Esq.'s answer
Depending on the level of your recognition in your field (music), you may qualify for, among other possibilities, an O-1 visa. You should schedule a consultation with a competent immigration attorney who can evaluate your credentials to see what immigration options may exist for you. For some general information regarding O-1 status, visit: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement Note also that an O-1 is a...

Q: Can I be prosecuted if I am a fan refusing to leave a high school sports game (soccer), and the referee asks me to?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
The ref does not have the authority to eject or remove anyone from the game or stadium and you do not have to leave. However, if school officials ask you to leave the game, you should leave becacuase if you remain you could be arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass.

Q: Can Gaming Events offer cash prizes if children enter the event?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports and Gaming for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 15, 2018
Carrie A. Ward's answer
You will need to make sure the structure of your game does not trigger an illegal lottery concern. Illegal lotteries consist of 3 elements: (1) provision of a prize; (2) chance; and (3) consideration (i.e., money is paid to play). Event organizers should consult experienced promotions and sweepstakes counsel to advise you on how to structure your game legally. Other considerations such as the age of entrants may have to be taken into consideration too. However, experienced counsel can...

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