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About THL

Established in 2014, we are Los Angeles entertainment attorneys that practice in the following areas of entertainment and business law:

  • Film
  • Television
  • Music
  • Social Media
  • Podcasting
  • Licensing
  • Talent Representation

We provide superior legal services and strategic advice to a broad spectrum of entertainment and media clients. Our attorneys are committed to assisting:

  • All talent (actors, singers, writers, directors, producers, editors, and executives)
  • Entertainment businesses (studios, record labels, management companies, agencies, publishers, & distributors)
  • Start-up businesses
  • Filmmakers
  • Entrepreneurs

Legal Practice Areas

Film & Television

We represent clients on the talent side and industry side, across the motion picture, television, and video-on-demand industries.

Music

Our music practice provides clients with legal guidance in all aspects of the music business.

Social Media, Licensing & Branding

We work with social media influencers and brands across all digital media platforms.

Talent Representation

We represent a broad spectrum of talent in negotiations with studios, networks, streaming platforms, record labels, and publishing companies.

Book Publishing

We represent book publishers, authors, and writers in the publishing industry.

Intellectual Property

We advise clients with respect to copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues and matters.

Why Clients Choose Us?

The Hollywood Lawyer provides legal representation that is custom-tailored to your specific needs. Our goal is to serve as a cost-efficient alternative to operating a full-time legal department or hiring costly entertainment attorneys.

Based in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Lawyer assists clients across the entire U.S. and internationally. We are committed to assisting a wide variety of talent, media companies, start-ups, small businesses, content creators, and social media influencers. We negotiate deals, review and draft contracts, and offer day-to-day assistance with business and legal affairs.

Even if your specific situation or legal need is not listed here, we can help – contact us to see how our experience and detail-oriented approach can benefit your career or business needs.

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    Entertainment Lawyer Los Angeles

    Intellectual Property Basics for the Entertainment Industry

    The success of nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry depends on intellectual property, including merchandising, film, television, book publishing, music, and licensing. An experienced entertainment law firm, like The Hollywood Lawyer, can strategically advise musicians, authors, entrepreneurs, and corporations about how they can protect these assets and monetize them.

    The entertainment lawyer Los Angeles trusts can represent industry clients with all of their intellectual property needs, such as registering trademarks and copyrights, acquiring trademarks and copyrights, protecting trademarks and copyrights, negotiating licensing agreements, enforcing manufacturing agreements, and documenting distribution agreements.

    Copyright Issues in the Entertainment Industry

    Governed by the U.S. Copyright Office and protected by the U.S. Constitution, copyright is a way to protect intellectual property in original works of authorship. It covers original dramatic, musical, literary, and artistic works. When the United States issues a copyright, there are other countries around the world that will honor the copyright but not everywhere. The types of intellectual property that copyright law protects include:

    • Poems
    • Photographs
    • Paintings
    • Drawings
    • Sculptures
    • Movies

     

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    • Television programs
    • Songs
    • Books
    • Short stories
    • Screenplays
    • Architecture
    • Computer programs

    The owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to make and sell copies of the work, create derivative works based on the original, license and transfer ownership rights in the work, and perform or display the work. In most situations, the copyright on intellectual property that is created in 1978 or later will last for the creator’s lifetime, plus an additional 70 years.  

    The creator of a work eligible for copyright protection is protected as soon as they fix the work in a tangible form that others can perceive directly or with the assistance of equipment. While copyright law does not protect processes, systems, facts, or ideas, an entertainment lawyer California relies on may be able to find ways to seek copyright protection for how these things are expressed.

     

    Reasons to Register for Copyright Protection

     

    You do not need to necessarily register with the U.S. Copyright Office for your intellectual property to be protected, but registration is required if you need to file a lawsuit against someone who infringes your copyright.

    When you register for copyright protection, the information regarding your intellectual property will be in the official public record. Additionally, if you need to file an infringement lawsuit with regard to something for which you own the copyright, you may be eligible to collect attorney’s fees and statutory damages if you succeed in the intellectual property litigation. 

    Parties Who May Claim Copyright

    In general, the creator of the original work may claim copyright. If there is more than one creator for the same piece of work, the creators may claim copyright jointly. The one exception to this, which often arises in the music industry, is works that are made for hire. In this case, one party hires another to create work on their behalf, either as an employee or in an express written agreement. To clarify any issues that may arise, a music attorney Los Angeles relies on can guide you on how to best craft a work-for-hire agreement.

    Entertainment-Related Trademark and Service Mark Issues

    Trademark law protects the logos, phrases, words, designs, and symbols that are used to identify the source of goods and distinguish them from others in the marketplace. Service marks are logos, words, phrases, designs, or symbols that distinguish the source of services from others in the marketplace. Oftentimes, the term “trademark” is used for both. In the United States, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office oversees everything relating to trademarks. 

    Filing for a trademark is beneficial because it provides public notice and evidence of the trademark’s ownership claim, as well as protection from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent foreign goods that infringe upon your trademark from being imported into the country. Additionally, federal trademark registration allows the owner to file lawsuits for infringement in federal court.

    Trademarks only expire when the party holding the rights stops using them, and the registration for a trademark continues as long as the owner fulfills the requirements for paperwork and fees.

    How an Entertainment Lawyer Can Help

    If you own intellectual property within the entertainment industry, The Hollywood Lawyer can work with you to determine how you can best protect those assets as well as contract with others to maximize monetization opportunities relating to them.

    Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our seasoned entertainment lawyers.

     

    Testimonial's

    • Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts.

      John Dowson
      CEO Of iFin, Financial Corp.
    • I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary,

      Janete Jones
      CFO Of Apple
    • Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country.

      Jame Gordon
      Accountant

    Intellectual Property Basics for the Entertainment Industry

    he success of nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry depends on intellectual property, including merchandising, film, television, book publishing, music, and licensing. An experienced entertainment law firm, like The Hollywood Lawyer, can strategically advise musicians, authors, entrepreneurs, and corporations about how they can protect these assets and monetize them.

    The entertainment lawyer Los Angeles trusts can represent industry clients with all of their intellectual property needs, such as registering trademarks and copyrights, acquiring trademarks and copyrights, protecting trademarks and copyrights, negotiating licensing agreements, enforcing manufacturing agreements, and documenting distribution agreements.

    Copyright Issues in the Entertainment Industry

    Governed by the U.S. Copyright Office and protected by the U.S. Constitution, copyright is a way to protect intellectual property in original works of authorship. It covers original dramatic, musical, literary, and artistic works. When the United States issues a copyright, there are other countries around the world that will honor the copyright but not everywhere. The types of intellectual property that copyright law protects include:

    • Poems
    • Photographs
    • Paintings
    • Drawings
    • Sculptures
    • Movies
    • Television programs
    • Songs
    • Books
    • Short stories
    • Screenplays
    • Architecture
    • Computer programs

    The owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to make and sell copies of the work, create derivative works based on the original, license and transfer ownership rights in the work, and perform or display the work. In most situations, the copyright on intellectual property that is created in 1978 or later will last for the creator’s lifetime, plus an additional 70 years.

    The creator of a work eligible for copyright protection is protected as soon as they fix the work in a tangible form that others can perceive directly or with the assistance of equipment. While copyright law does not protect processes, systems, facts, or ideas, an entertainment lawyer California relies on may be able to find ways to seek copyright protection for how these things are expressed.

    Reasons to Register for Copyright Protection

    You do not need to necessarily register with the U.S. Copyright Office for your intellectual property to be protected, but registration is required if you need to file a lawsuit against someone who infringes your copyright.

    When you register for copyright protection, the information regarding your intellectual property will be in the official public record. Additionally, if you need to file an infringement lawsuit with regard to something for which you own the copyright, you may be eligible to collect attorney’s fees and statutory damages if you succeed in the intellectual property litigation.

    Parties Who May Claim Copyright

    In general, the creator of the original work may claim copyright. If there is more than one creator for the same piece of work, the creators may claim copyright jointly. The one exception to this, which often arises in the music industry, is works that are made for hire. In this case, one party hires another to create work on their behalf, either as an employee or in an express written agreement. To clarify any issues that may arise, a music attorney Los Angeles relies on can guide you on how to best craft a work-for-hire agreement.

    Entertainment-Related Trademark and Service Mark Issues

    Trademark law protects the logos, phrases, words, designs, and symbols that are used to identify the source of goods and distinguish them from others in the marketplace. Service marks are logos, words, phrases, designs, or symbols that distinguish the source of services from others in the marketplace. Oftentimes, the term “trademark” is used for both. In the United States, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office oversees everything relating to trademarks.

    Filing for a trademark is beneficial because it provides public notice and evidence of the trademark’s ownership claim, as well as protection from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent foreign goods that infringe upon your trademark from being imported into the country. Additionally, federal trademark registration allows the owner to file lawsuits for infringement in federal court.

    Trademarks only expire when the party holding the rights stops using them, and the registration for a trademark continues as long as the owner fulfills the requirements for paperwork and fees.

    How an Entertainment Lawyer Can Help

    If you own intellectual property within the entertainment industry, The Hollywood Lawyer can work with you to determine how you can best protect those assets as well as contract with others to maximize monetization opportunities relating to them.

    Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our seasoned entertainment lawyers.