Gordon P. Firemark

For the 5th year running, Gordon Firemark named among “Best Lawyers”

Gordon P. Firemark

Gordon Firemark has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I've always loved helping creatives and entertainers people bridge the gap to build successful businesses. I find this work so very rewarding.”

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Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer!

Gordon P. Firemark

I am thrilled to have been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Entertainment law. I am grateful to my colleagues, clients, friends and family for making it possible to serve at the high level that's made this recognition possible! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer! originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

Asserted Truths

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/125. AMC TO TAKE OVER SHUTTERED THEATERS FALL OUT FROM CONSENT DECREES CONTINUES IN APPELLATE RULINGCentury Theater Owner’s Negotiation Tactics Approved.

Then, Now, Going Forward

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/124. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LEGAL OBITUARY PARAMOUNT CONSENT DECREES ENDED WAITE V UMG RECORDINGS (USDC, E.D. New York) MANGO V.

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A new look at the old standard: “Force Majeure” clauses

Gordon P. Firemark

With Covid-19/Coronavirus causing cancellation of events and transactions around the globe, people are naturally looking at whether they must still perform their contractual obligations and whether they are entitled to refunds of deposits and advance payments they've made. Most contracts do include a so-called “force majeure” clause as part of what's usually considered the boilerplate. Contract language that's fairly universal and non-negotiatiable.

Can (and should) producers use COVID-19 waivers from cast and crew to limit their liability?

Gordon P. Firemark

The scenario. An actor client today told me that she’s been asked to sign a document before coming to work on a new project. The waiver expresses all kinds of new protocols for minimizing disease transmission on and around the set, but then it goes on to include a waiver, stating that she understands that there’s still a risk, and is assuming that risk by taking the job, so she promises not to sue or make claims if she gets the disease. she checked in with SAG/AFTRA.

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The Trouble with Tunes – approaches to using music in podcasts (Podcast Movement 2019)

Gordon P. Firemark

Thursday afternoon, I'll be presenting my talk at Podcast Movement in Orlando. I'll be outlining the various ways in which music can be used by podcasters, where the music may come from, and the complex web of copyright and licensing issues that have historically made using commercial music both difficult and costly. Then, I'll sound the call for a simpler approach, and reflect briefly on some promising new developments in the space.

You Can’t Copyright the Law

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/121. SUPREME COURT: GEORGIA v PUBLIC RESOURCE, Inc.

Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award

Gordon P. Firemark

Press Release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law Receives 2018 Los Angeles Award. Los Angeles Award Program Honors the Achievement. LOS ANGELES October 24, 2018 — Gordon P. Firemark, Attorney at Law has been selected for the 2018 Los Angeles Award in the Attorney category by the Los Angeles Award Program.

Trending Topics / Law of Podcasting – Entertainment Law Update Episode 106

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. SHORT DISCUSSION AT THE START LAWSUITS OVER CALL AT RAMS/SAINTS GAME: (Icebreaker-Can we all agree the halftime show needed more Spongebob?)

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REGISTER NOW for the May 2nd Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp

Gordon P. Firemark

On May 2nd I will be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp. The workshop, will be conducted online, so you can attend and participate from the comfort of your home, office or studio. Register Now! This half-day, intensive hands-on workshop is for podcasters who are serious about podcasting as a business (or as part of another business).

Free Online Training for Digital Entrepreneurs

Gordon P. Firemark

Join me for “Keep your digital business legal, protected & growing in challenging times without incurring staggering legal fees” on March 23rd, at 11am (Pacific). In this training, I'll share a step-by-step process for launching, protecting, growing and profiting with your online business.

Gordon Firemark named among Best Lawyers in America for third year in a row.

Gordon P. Firemark

For the third year in a row, I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2019 edition) for my work in the field of Entertainment Law – Theatre. Obviously, I'm honored, and grateful that I've earned the respect of my fellow attorneys. More information can be found at [link]. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Gordon Firemark named among Best Lawyers in America for third year in a row.

I have a new podcast for showbiz professionals!

Gordon P. Firemark

A few weeks ago, I quietly began releasing episodes of a new podcast, called More, Better, Faster! Success Strategies for Show Business Professionals.

Resources to help during Covid-19 Crisis

Gordon P. Firemark

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash. (no, no, I don't have a secret resource for T.P.). But here are a few useful links.: ? The Freelancer’s Guide to The CARES Act: New Funds and Benefits (from my friend and client Abbey Woodcock) ? What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus ? ? Where entertainment industry workers can go for help (LA Times) ? Financial Help for Hollywood workers (Variety.com) ? California EDD (Unemployment Insurance claims, etc.) ?

Achieve More, Better, Faster

Gordon P. Firemark

As you know, I love to help creatives and business folk in all fields… film, tv, theatre, podcasting, online/digital business, or whatever, to forge their paths forward to bigger, better, accomplishments, as quickly as you can imagine. I do this through: One-on-one coaching ( sign up for a discovery call to learn how this works ? link] ) Group Coaching ( click here for more details ). And also through my More, Better, Faster podcast.

Blackbeard’s Revenge!

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/119. BREAKING: STATES CANNOT BE SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT- YES NORTH CAROLINA, YOU CAN BE A PIRATE.

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Actor’s Equity On Strike: What’s it all about?

Gordon P. Firemark

If you've been planning to develop your plays and musicals using professional actors in a “developmental” production environment, you may have to put your plans on hold. Earlier this week, the union declared a strike against members of the Broadway League (the association that represents producers) on development of Broadway shows. The Union's action bars its members from taking part in the so-called.

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Live from Dallas

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/118.

How To Get Permission to Use a Song in a Film or Video – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Music Rights – How do you get permission to use a song in your video or film? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your entertainment industry career and business, or just your hobby, to the next level. So, in a previous Asked and Answered session, I talked about fans making cover videos and posting them on Youtube and Facebook.

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Do this for your business before the holidays get in the way.

Gordon P. Firemark

Thanksgiving, and the Winter holiday chaos that ensues are just around the corner. Once they arrive, most non-retail businesses can expect things to go into a sort of “standby” mode until after the new year. the entertainment industry, in particular, goes pretty quiet at this time of the year. A few to-dos. So, before the holidays really start getting in the way, here are a few to-do items you might consider to make sure your business hits the ground running in the New Year.

Fair Use: Presidential Debate Footage – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Paul has a question about using clips from a presidential debate from years ago on his radio show. Hi, I’m attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. So, here’s Paul’s question: “I do a live radio call in talk show on investments.

Speaking at Podcast Movement, Evolutions!

Gordon P. Firemark

Next week, I'll be speaking at the Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in Los Angeles. My talk is about content acquisition and compensation structures for podcasters. I'll be covering how to pay for and get paid for content as a podcaster. If you're a podcaster and you're serious about it as a business, or as part of your existing business, you won't want to miss this discussion. Friday, February 14th at 4:00pm.

REGISTER NOW! Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live and in-person in conjunction with Podfest Expo.

Gordon P. Firemark

On March 6th, I'll be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live , and in person. The workshop, previously conducted online, will coincide with the Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida, where I'll also be speaking. Register Now! This half-day, intensive hands-on workshop is for podcasters who are serious about podcasting as a business (or as part of another business).

Has AB5 affected you yet?

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier today, I had a call from the HR director at one of the colleges where I teach one night a week. She called to tell me that I can no longer be classified as an independent contractor, and that under California's new law, AB5, I must be treated as an employee. No big deal for me. I don't really mind. And the college doesn't either, because they're a big operation and run a significant payroll.

Posting Cover Videos of Songs – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Can you cover a song and post a video of it on your YouTube or Facebook? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your entertainment industry career and business, or just your hobby, to the next level. This one’s going to debunk a common misconception… stick around!

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A Billion Dollars

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/117.

Is copyright getting tougher? – Episode 78

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here’s what we talked about… Lindsay Lohan Loses. Paid Endorsements? Are your disclosures in order? Canada is cracking down on paid social media endorsements. Warners’ Fine to FTC). What is “For Profit”: Dutch Playboy in the EU.

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What are the Rules for Using Music Even Your Own Music in a Podcast – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: When do you have to blur the faces of people you capture in your videos shot in public places? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. What are the rules for using music (even your own music) in a podcast.

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Rights of Publicity and Privacy in True Crime Stories – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Tom has a terrific question about recounting a true-crime story from long ago… Hi, I’m attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

What to do about an Agent who isn’t Paying – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. What could you do if your agent is taking too long to get you your money after they’ve been paid. Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I help you take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. David wrote in: What can an actor do when their SAG franchised agent is taking more than 6 months to pay them for a particular non-union job (the agency has been paid by the production company)?

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2019 Year in Review

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at w ww.entertainmentlawupdate.com/116.

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Is your Podcast subject to COPPA?

Gordon P. Firemark

Recently, many YouTube creators have struggled with/complained loudly about the platform’s new rules for designating content directed at children. This, of course has led podcasters, too to become concerned and to wonder whether COPPA applies to them. COPPA, which stands for Child Online Privacy Protection Act, was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1998 and has undergone some revision, most recently in 2013. The law can be found at Title 15 U.S. Code §?6506.

How to Get a Trademark for My Logo and Brand Name – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. How to get a trademark for my logo and brand name. I’m entertainment business attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is asked and answered, where I answer your questions so you can take your career and business to the next level. Stick around for my response. A web visitor wrote in: I have created a Logo with a generic phrase for my apparel company, with a design that indicates just what it means by utilizing a letter as part of the graphic.

Shiver me Timbers

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/115.

Actor Liability for Content – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Can an actor or voice artist be liable for performing scenes or quotes from existing plays, movies and TV shows? Hi, I’m attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. So Gary wrote in with an interesting question, here’s what he says: Recently found your YouTube channel and it’s such a great resource.

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Do I Need to Blur Faces in my Videos – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

VIDEO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: When do you have to blur the faces of people you capture in your videos shot in public places? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. Miranda wrote to me with this question: When filming content for my YouTube videos, when do I need to blur out faces? We mainly film our hikes and some passerby people.

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Contracts must prohibit sexual harassment in the entertainment workplace.

Gordon P. Firemark

It's a tragedy that the headline of this story even needed to be written. But it did. Desperately. By now, we've all heard about the truly despicable behavior of some hollywood heavyweights. Men in power abusing that power to take advantage of, demean and humiliate women. And we're learning just how persuasive this kind of thing has been throughout the entertainment industry. Thanks to the courage and tenacity of a handful of prominent women in the business, the dirty little (big?)

Should you use a release with your podcast guests? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Should you use a release form with your podcast guests? Hi, I’m Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I help you take your career and business in entertainment to the next level. And if you’ve got a question you’d like answered here, just head on over to [link]. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

It’s Criminal, I Tell Ya!

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/113. Yamashita v. Scholastic Inc., 17-1957 (2d Cir.

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Happy Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

Gordon P. Firemark

I want to take a few moments to wish all of my readers, listeners, colleagues, clients and friends, a very happy Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to consider all that we are thankful for, and to express that gratitude. Personally, I am blessed with a marvelous family.

Gordon Firemark named BEST LAWYER for Entertainment – Theatre

Gordon P. Firemark

I’d like to thank the academy… I’ve just learned that I’ve been selected by my peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for my practice areas of Entertainment Law and Theatre Law. Obviously, I’m honored to have been able to earn the respect of my fellow attorneys. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.

Dark Horses, Study Guides & Supertitles

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/112. Here's what we talked about. KATY PERRY LOSES DARK HORSE CASE . Gigi Hadid beats Instagram copyright lawsuit . Narkiewicz-Laine v. Doyle (Stored Artwork destroyed by landlord) . KAUFFMAN V.