Olivia Loftin - Romano Law

Olivia Loftin

Associate Attorney

Olivia Loftin_colored

Admitted

Oregon State Bar

Law School

Willamette University College of Law, magna cum laude

University

Oregon State University

Olivia joined Romano Law as a Spring Extern in 2022.  As a Associate Attorney, Olivia works primarily on transactional matters involving entertainment law and intellectual property.

Olivia is a J.D graduate, who achieved magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in May 2022, with a Certificate in Law & Business.  During law school, she was the President and Founder of the Intellectual Property and Media Law Society, a Research Assistant for the Willamette University Counsel and a volunteer for the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.  She also interned for the general counsel at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Prior to law school, Olivia attended Oregon State University for undergrad, where she received an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – International Relations, with a minor in Spanish.  While in school, Olivia co-hosted a talk and music radio show for Orange Media Network.

Olivia was born and raised in Oregon.  During her free time, Olivia enjoys reading, collecting records, exploring new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

Blog Entries

  • Here’s Looking at You, Kid.  What To Know Before Employing Minors in New York.

    Behind child actors such as Iain Armitage, and child influencers such as Ryan’s World and Niana Guerrero, there are the contracts that made their success possible.  New York Labor Laws also require that contracts with minors include provisions to ensure that the children are not exploited because of their youth.  While not every employed minor

  • Cardi B Wins Over $4 Million in Defamation Lawsuit

    Updated: Sept. 29, 2022 Rapper and songwriter, Cardi B, was awarded more than $4 million by a jury in January 2022 after winning a defamation case against YouTube personality, Tasha K.  The lawsuit arose from allegations Tasha K made about the Grammy-winning artist in dozens of YouTube videos.  This was an unusually successful case, because

  • Is Your Talent Agency Agreement Fair?

    Updated: October 5, 2022 You’ve just started a career in the entertainment industry – whether that means you are an actor, model, musician or social media influencer.  You have found a talent agent, and you think they might be able to help you find work, assist you in making connections and negotiate contracts on your

  • Six Reasons Why You Should Register Your Works With the Copyright Office

    Many might wonder why songwriters, recording artists, and other creative people should register their works with the U.S. Copyright Office.  After all, under the current Copyright Act, registration with the Copyright Office is not required to obtain a copyright in a work. Under Section 102(a) “[c]opyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of

  • Collaboration Agreements: How to Avoid the “Joint Work” Rules, and Why It’s Almost Always Better to Have a Written Agreement

    Any time that you create a copyrightable work with someone else – whether it’s co-writing a song, a play, a book or a treatment for a television series – you and your co-creators should sign a collaboration agreement.  Without a collaboration agreement, the default ownership rules for joint works apply. WHAT ARE COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS? Collaboration

  • What is the Role of a Film Producer?

    WHAT DOES A FILM PRODUCER DO? Film productions involve many complex pieces and multiple parties, which is why there are often several individuals with the title of “producer.”  A film producer is the person who initiates, coordinates and manages the creation and production of a film.  Generally, the producer is involved throughout the entire process,

  • The Book Stops Here: What the DOJ’s Blocking of the Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Merger Means for the Publishing Industry

    Just over three months after a highly publicized trial, Judge Florence Y. Pan issued an opinion blocking the merger of two rival publishing houses, Penguin Random House (“PRH”) and Simon & Schuster (“S&S”).  Both PRH and S&S are members of a group commonly referred to in the publishing industry as the “Big 5.”  The “Big

  • Keep It Confidential! New York Non-Disclosure Agreements

    Whether they call it a “Confidentiality Agreement” or a “Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA),” many New Yorkers begin their business deals with a contract governing the sensitive information that they might exchange with one another.  Employers hiring or firing employees, tech companies with trade secrets and parties exploring a potential business relationship all routinely find themselves in need of a well-drafted NDA. Although NDAs are often

  • When Must New York Employers Pay Employees for Their Unused Paid Time Off?

    The Empire State has some of the most comprehensive legal protections for employees in the country.  Employees in New York State have a right to paid time off under the state’s paid sick leave law.  Understanding this law, among other relevant employment statutes in New York, is key to navigating your rights as an employee

  • How to Protect Your Cannabis Brand

    The legalization of cannabis in several states has prompted the growth and creation of many cannabis companies in recent years.  In fact, the cannabis industry is expected to make $72 billion annually by 2030.  With the industry becoming an increasingly competitive space, cannabis companies should protect their brand by obtaining trademarks.  Trademarks range from a

  • What Songwriters Should Ask Before Working With a Music Publisher

    There are many types of songwriters in the music industry.  Like Taylor Swift, some songwriters write songs for themselves to perform.  Others, like Meghan Trainor and Chris Stapleton, began their careers writing songs for other artists.  For example, Trainor has written several hits for groups like Rascal Flatts and Fifth Harmony, while also writing most

  • What is a Morals Clause?

    A morals clause generally grants employers the exclusive right to end a contract in the event an employee engages in behavior that may be harmful to the employer’s image.  Morals clauses are commonly found in employment agreements between companies and high-level executives, or throughout the entertainment industry in many different contexts (e.g., contracts between advertisers, television networks,

  • Here’s Looking at You, Kid.  What To Know Before Employing Minors in California

    Behind child actors such as Iain Armitage, and child influencers such as Ryan’s World and Niana Guerrero, there are the contracts that made their success possible.  California labor laws and the California Family Code require that contracts with minors include provisions to ensure that children are not exploited because of their youth.  While not every

  • What Are the Three Basic Types of Music Publishing Deals for Songwriters?

    Federal copyright law says that when you finally write the last note or find the perfect last lyric for the song you’re writing, you own the song in its entirety.  More specifically, as soon as your song is “fixed in any tangible medium of expression” (for example, you put the pencil down on your handwritten

  • UCC Remedies for Breach of a Contract

    When entering into a contract for the purchase and sale of goods, different rules may apply than for other types of contracts.  Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was developed to try to standardize state laws with respect these types of transactions.  All states have adopted some, but not necessarily all, of the

  • Are Employees Entitled to a Lunch Break in New York?

    While employers are recommended to give employees time to eat lunch, a meal break is not necessarily a requirement in every state.  Federal and state laws vary on what employers must do.  Even where meal breaks are mandated, in states like New York, the rules vary regarding how and when breaks are given. DOES NEW

  • Separating Fact From Fiction: Legal Considerations In Historical Dramas

    According to the well-known saying, every story has already been told.  This is especially the case in historical dramas, which are retellings of true events that add fictionalized elements for dramatic effect.  In other words, historical dramas are a hybrid of fact and fiction.  Recently, a wave of historical dramas garnered awards nominations, including “The

  • What is the Statute of Limitations in Employment Law Claims?

    Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to know the employment laws that may affect you or your company.  One aspect of employment law important to both employees and employers is the time limit requirements on claims arising from an employer’s violation of labor and employment laws.  These time limits are