Entertainment Law

If you are an entertainer, artist or performer and are in need of representation in a contract or licensing issue, you need legal counsel who understands the complexity of the entertainment industry.

We can help.  Saper Law Offices represents businesses and individuals in all areas of entertainment law.  From negotiating complex entertainment contracts and licensing deals to helping you properly protect your intellectual property, Saper Law attorneys have the expertise required to manage the legal and business affairs of each entertainment client, from idea to implementation, and protection to litigation.

Recent Entertainment cases handled by Saper Law include:

  • Represented record label and musical group in trademark dispute over band name.
  • Represented musical venue in Chicago in dispute over licensing fees with performance rights society.
  • Assisted several filmmakers in gaining the permissions necessary for using songs and other copyrighted works in their films.
  • Drafted operating agreement, corresponding copyright agreements, and other production, location, and crew agreements for film project.
  • Provided counsel for documentary filmmaker launched a web-based television program.
  • Set up limited liability company, prepared operating agreement, and provided a variety of production contracts for a feature-length film on the film festival circuit.
  • Counseled documentary filmmakers on use of a university’s name, another company’s advertisements, and television footage of appearance on cable news channel.
  • Represented filmmaker in negotiation of new DVD distribution agreement.
  • Represented musician in pursuit of unpaid licensing fees from grant of synchronization and soundtrack rights.
  • Reached favorable settlement in dispute involving unauthorized recording and radio play of musician’s performance.
  • Advised client negotiating book publishing agreement for instructional/educational book.
  • Assisted children’s book author in securing copyright on the text of his book and on illustrations created by another.
  • Assisted jewelry company in defending trademarks, resolving contract disputes, securing new trademarks and copyrights, and reviewing marketing materials.
  • Assisted fashion designer in evaluating strength of trademark rights and instances of possible trademark infringement.

Art

From sketch art to graffiti art, watercolors to natural ingredients, art comes in various forms.  Saper Law has experience helping our artist-clients protect their creative works by guiding them through copyright registration, licensing, drafting work-made-for hire contracts and securing moral rights protections.  Additionally, we counsel and negotiate agreements with galleries, museums, expositions and traveling exhibitions on our client’s behalf.

Read more about our Art Law services here.

Fashion

If you are a designer, manufacturer, retailer or other fashion industry professional and are having a contract or licensing issue with another business or regulatory authority, you need representation from attorneys who are familiar with the complexities of the industry.  Saper Law has worked with a range of fashion and jewelry designers to address the legal issues that come up in the fashion industry.

Read more about our Fashion Law services here.

Film/Photography/Television

If you are a filmmaker, producer, or other film/television professional and are having issues with contracts, artists, privacy laws, or want guidance on how to best protect your intellectual property, you need advice and representation from attorneys who are familiar with the complexities associated with the film and television industries.  We can help.

Read more about our Film, Photography and Television services here.

Music

If you are in the music industry as an artist, producer, songwriter or some other music industry professional, and are having a contract or licensing issue with another artist, business or regulatory authority, you need representation from attorneys who are familiar with the complexities of the music world.  At Saper Law, we recognize the wide variety of legal issues facing the music industry today.  We provide services to musicians and other music industry persona in the fields of intellectual property, contract law, and internet law, as well as represent individuals who are being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Read more about our Music services here.

Print/Publishing

From weighing the pros and cons of self-publishing, drafting and negotiating publishing agreements, dealing with distributors, registering your works with the U.S. Copyright Office, and everything else related to print and publishing, Saper Law is here to help.

Read more about our Print & Publishing services here.

Right of Publicity

The right of publicity is an individual’s right to control the commercial exploitation of his or her name, identity, and general likeness/personality.  The right is state-based, so it can vary from state to state (statute based vs. common law).

We can help you enforce your right of publicity or defend you in actions brought against you, as well as draft right of publicity licensing agreements.

Read more about Right of Publicity here.

Talent & Management

When an individual provides his or her creative services (such as a musician, a model, a DJ, or a speaker), there should be an agreement spelling out the terms and conditions for providing those services.  These agreements, typically called "host" or "talent" agreements create limited commercial relationships between the creative professional and the hiring party that defines the role, scope, and expectations of all involved.

In addition, artists and creative individuals want to focus on their craft, and so they employ others to handle the business end.  That’s the reason for and role of agents and managers. Agents/managers find an artist employment opportunities and manage the artist’s finances, administrative tasks, relationships, career decisions, and professional relationships.  For such services, contracts between the manager and the artist are critical, as they detail the nature and scope of the relationship between both parties.

Having the right talent and agent/manager agreements  in place is key, as is having an experienced counsel that will draft and negotiate these contracts. We are here to help.

Read more about our Talent Agreements here.

Read more about our Agent & Management Agreements here.

Theater

As one of the oldest of the performing arts, theater is a great American past time, but beyond the glitz and glamour of the stage, there are various legal considerations regarding the business of theater that must be kept in mind.  Saper Law is here to help navigate the various legal issues that may arise when producing a theatrical show, including creation, financing, production, and talent acquisition.

Read more about our Theater services here.