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5 Differences Between Agents and Managers

If you’re in the entertainment business, you’ve probably come across various talent representatives, particularly agents and managers. While some may mistakenly view agents and managers as the same, there are several important distinctions between their roles. 1. Booking Gigs Agents represent talent in seeking and securing employment and help ensure the client gets paid. They


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Rights for Public Performances of Music

Copyright involves a “bundle of rights” that are reserved for the author; one of which is the right to perform the copyrighted work publicly. However, understanding public performance rights in the context of music can be complicated because there are two different types of rights that can be licensed. Choosing what type of license is


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Selling Film Rights to Your Book

With so many movies based on books, authors often dream about the possibility of selling the film rights to their work. However, the process can be complicated and for various reasons, deals may not come to fruition. However, an experienced entertainment law attorney can help guide an author through the process and assist in negotiating


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Should I Register My Copyright?

What is a copyright? Copyright is a form of intellectual property which applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium.  Copyright grants the creator an exclusive legal right to determine when and under what conditions an original work can be used by others.  A work is considered original if it


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When has Copyright “registration…been made” – such that an action for infringement may be brought?

Updated: June 30, 2020 On Monday, March 4, 2019, the United States Supreme Court issued two important – and unanimous – rulings regarding United States copyright law. One of the two cases, captioned Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC (Case No. 17-571), resolved a long- standing circuit split in the U.S. regarding what constitutes copyright “registration” for


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The Bully and the Billionaire

Jeff Bezos, currently the world’s richest person, accused the National Enquirer, and its parent company American Media Inc. (AMI), of attempted extortion.   Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and owner of the Washington Post, announced last month that he and his wife MacKenzie were separating after 25 years of marriage.  What followed was an avalanche of tabloid


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Never Break the Chain (And Three Scenarios That Could)

When you’re signing agreements in entertainment, it’s important to read the fine print.  There’s a pesky tendency for contracts to include a representation that all of the rights you’re granting are, in fact, yours to grant.  It’s easy to gloss over, but it should really make you stop, think and take a step back.  You’re


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