I wrote the music for my clients film. I requested half the payment ($900) upfront and half when the project is completed. I nearly completed the project and sent the project to the client for approval before finalizing the music and he decided he did not like it anymore and he did not want me to... Read more »
An attorney who deals with contracts in the entertainment industry could advise best, but you await a response for three weeks. As a general matter, it would probably be difficult for any attorney to comment meaningfully without seeing the requirements of the contract. Additionally, contracts that...Read more »
I've been operating as a DJ under a certain name since 2016. I'm small-time, but have been paid to perform and have social media profiles registered under my performance name that have been in use since 2016, although I have never registered a trademark or anything.
So I design and print custom sports cards myself and recently I have been getting a lot of interest in them. I understand Panini has the sole rights to create and sell NBA cards. Is there a way to sell the cards I create without infringing on Panini’s rights? I’ve heard altering existing... Read more »
I am a producer on a film production that is following COVID-19 guidelines for the set. We are requiring cast/crew sign an Assumption of Risk and Consent/Release forms. Most templates have an agreement between the individual signing and the "Company." As the director does not have a... Read more »
The short answer is no, you don’t need to be a legal entity to contract in this manner. But... Your question raises some potential red flags that aren’t easily discussed in this Q&A forum. I think you would benefit by by seeking the direct advice of an attorney here. If you would Like to...Read more »
You could add Trademark Law to your categories. There's no guarantee all questions are picked up, but your post remains open for two weeks. Trademark attorneys have insight into issues that could arise in using a given name for an organization, business, or other purpose.
I have hired a company for photography and video to record my daughters baptism around June 2018. I paid half of there contract. Until they gave me everything I would pay full. It is 2 years and they dont answer my text, email, or phone calls. This is not fair because I do not have one single photo... Read more »
If you believe there was a Will you would check where the decedent kept important papers, get in touch with their attorney or check with the local Surrogate’s Court to see if it was filed. If there is a safe deposit box many times people make the mistake of putting their Will there....Read more »
I intend to begin performing on the stage as well as sell my music and other media content via digital platforms: all under my name. On the longer run I intend to establish a company that will be specializing in producing media content, managing artists performances (primarily as a booking agency),... Read more »
What is "gov legal name"? Do you mean your name? You actually need to trademark your name. While it seems odd, if your name is a brand, you need to protect it. Whether you incorporate at this point or not (and it generally is beneficial to do so), if your name will be the name of the...Read more »
The music is from two 1961 episodes of The Twilight Zone that were scored by composer Jerry Goldsmith. How would I go about getting the rights to use that music in a short film I am working on? Would this even be possible? Any idea of what it would cost? Thanks!
See my reply to your same question posted in the CA section of this forum. A license from the copyright owner would be required if you don't qualify under the "Fair Use" exceptions. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
The FTC guidelines for endorsements govern promoting products on social media. The guides are specific, but in general you need to make it clear that any “mentions” on social media are paid advertisements. There are are many ways that this can be accomplished. An attorney experienced in...Read more »
If 2 players decided to make a bet on which one of them was better in a skill based video game (online chess or League of Legends) is it considered gambling even though none of the results are controlled by luck?
video recording and took photographs for a popular basketballer and i was there the whole day with him and at the end of my work with him he didn't pay me for all the work i did for him and he took with him all the photos and recordings i did for him and he insisted of not paying me because he... Read more »
I want to share a story in a vlog on my YouTube channel about what I’ve been through in the last few months. My brother and his wife are part of the story. I do not identify them in any other way, other than saying my brother and his wife. Can they sue me for talking about them on my channel and... Read more »
Hi - you need to think of your band as being similar to a marriage. If there are assets (equipment, recording contract or incoming revenue streams), and there is a breakup, there are going to be disputes on how the assets will be split up. If you are in that position, congrats! That indicates that...Read more »
You may need a lawyer to draft such documents so that they're tailored to your needs. If you're a minor, then a parent may need to hire the lawyer for you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an...Read more »
I ran a search in TESS for a stage name that I would like to use and came across a DEAD (since 2007) trademark for it under the IC 009 category. They were using it for a "series of musical recordings..." which is what I would like to use it for.
You probably do not need anything from the original owner if the mark expired 10 years ago. Once a trademark expires, the registration terminates. The former owner no longer owns a federal registration. Although, there could be some other common law rights to the mark. To be certain the mark is...Read more »
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