Top 5 Items Creators and Influencers Should Be Aware of Before Signing with Management

How to handle your management relationship in an area with few formal rules and standards. Influencers have been disrupting the online advertising world for several years now, challenging traditional advertising methods and creatively leveraging their popularity for brand promotions. Since 2019 the influencer social media advertising space has skyrocketed, benefitting many influencers, but also allowing…

Protecting Your Prior Works When Signing Employment Offer Letters and Agreements

I’m often contacted by producers, writers, software designers/engineers and other creative professionals concerned about the provisions of a media or IP company’s employment agreement they are considering.  Typically the company’s proposed employment offer letter or agreement and attached standard terms will aggressively provide that the company owns all of your creative work without making any…

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Famous Athletes, Celebrities and Tattoo Copyrights: Who Owns What?

When ordinary, non-famous people—people like you and me—pay a tattoo artist for inking the visible parts of our bodies, we don’t typically generate much controversy or legal intrigue. The general consumer public most likely thinks the tattoo itself belongs to the person wearing it, since it’s part of their bodies. But when a professional athlete…

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Buying, selling and licensing intellectual property in California

Trademark and copyright infringement cases are frequently in the news in California and across the U.S., and disputes are common among some of the big names in intellectual property. For example, Apple and Amazon recently dismissed claims against each other concerning trademark issues, a conflict that spanned over two years.Intellectual property lawsuits can stretch on…

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Buying, selling and licensing intellectual property in California

Trademark and copyright infringement cases are frequently in the news in California and across the U.S., and disputes are common among some of the big names in intellectual property. For example, Apple and Amazon recently dismissed claims against each other concerning trademark issues, a conflict that spanned over two years. Intellectual property lawsuits can stretch…