Gordon P. Firemark

Gordon Firemark named “Best Lawyer” for 6th year running!

Gordon P. Firemark

For the 6th year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for recognition among Best Lawyers in Entertainment – Theatre.

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Defending against knockoff-artists and copycats? The struggle is real!

Gordon P. Firemark

I'm working on something new… Recently, I've had conversations with several information product and online-course creators who've faced copycats and knockoff artists who steal their programs and content. It's a frustrating problem… and it's growing! Registering your copyrights and trademarks provides a degree of protection, but unless the owner of the material is prepared to pursue costly legal action, there's not much of a remedy available.

Free Documentary-Legal Workshop

Gordon P. Firemark

Next Thursday, September 17th, I'll again be presenting my free legal workshop for the documentary filmmaking crowd. Legal Do's and Don'ts for Documentary Filmmakers is something you won't want to miss. Click the image above, or visit [link] and Register now.

As the year nears a close, do these things to save money, time, hassle and risk.

Gordon P. Firemark

First off, if you celebrate, let me wish you a Happy Hannukkah! ? ? It's getting to be that time of year when we all sort of wrap up our work activities, and things start to slow down. That makes this a really good time to think about a few tasks that are best done before 2021 begins.

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No Public Performance Right in California for pre-’72 recordings.

Gordon P. Firemark

‘Flo and Eddie', The founders of iconic '60's band The Turtles, were dealt what's likely a final blow in their long-running lawsuit against digital broadcasters and others claiming infringement of common-law copyrights in their recordings.

This year, giving thanks is even more important!

Gordon P. Firemark

Each year at this time, we give thanks for the people and experiences that have enriched our lives. But this year, with all that 2020 has dumped on us, I feel it's even more important to take time out to get in touch with gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives.

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.

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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.

Locast (local TV antenna-to-streaming service) suspends ops after devastating court ruling.

Gordon P. Firemark

Locast is a digital app that live streams over-the-air television stations without a cable or satellite TV subscription. The service has a few million users for its expanding offering which Locast currently covers roughly 55% of the US with operations in 36 markets. On August 31, that all changed. a New York federal court granted partial summary judgements in the high-profile copyright case against the service brought by the four major broadcast networks.

The Happiest Episode On Earth

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/136. APPEALS COURT REVIEWS CASE OVER “BARE NECESSITIES” AGAINST DISNEY QUICK TAKE: INSIDE OUT SPARKS ANOTHER LAWSUIT, THIS TIME IN CANADA SCARLETT JOHANSSON SUES DISNEY OVER SIMULTANEOUS RELEASE JUDGE EVALUATES USE OF 9/11 FOOTAGE IN FILMS.

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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.

The Invisible Episode

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/135.

How the spice of life saved my bacon!

Gordon P. Firemark

This past 16 months have been hard for everyone… with the pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions, so many business have been hit hard. When it all began, I was fearful. I knew that film, television and theatre production ( my most significant law practice areas) would basically be dormant… and that meant my practice could well be stagnant (or worse) for who knows how long? They say that Variety is the spice of life! Well, I'm a believer!

Murderers, Monster, and the Game of Life

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/134.

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The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133

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/133. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post The (late) May Episode – Entertainment Law Update Podcast #133 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

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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Google’s Fair Use, Warhol’s isn’t… or is it?

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/132.

Non-Fungible What?

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/131. NEW YORK STATE TRIAL-LEVEL COURT ELABORATES CHANGES IN STATE LAW CONCERNING DEFAMATION REDBUBBLE HELD LIABLE FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT BY 6TH CIRCUIT WIXEN HAS CASE DISMISSED FOR FAILING TO SPECIFY THE COPYRIGHT YEAR.

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.

New Copyright Regs, Compendium, and More

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/130. NEW COMPENDIUM COMING THIS MONTH BEVERLY HILLS POLICE OFFICER USES COPYRIGHT TO AVOID LIVE STREAMING SCOTUS DENIES CERT TO JACK DANIELS AND MOODSTERS STORIES. DESIRE LLC V.

New Year, New Laws.

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/129. LIEBOWITZ LAWSUIT OVER $15.00

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!

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).

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 ? ?

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.

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.

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A glimmer of good news for theatres, producers and other live-performance operators suffering during pandemic

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre owners, operators and producers are among those eligible for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program being administered by the Small Business Administration. The program was created under The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues.

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.

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.

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!

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.

2020 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 www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/128. AGREEMENT REACHED OVER STREAMING THEATER PERFORMANCES PLATFORM LIABLE FOR USER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DUE TO FAILURE TO PAY $6.00.

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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.

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.

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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In Memory of RBG

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/126. RBG IN MEMORIAM STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LAWSUIT DENIED CERT SPINAL TAP SETTLES. One-sentence aside) SPINAL TAP SETTLES.

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The Gratitude Episode

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/127. 5 Points VARA DISPUTE DENIED CERT (TWO SENTENCES) TERRENCE HOWARD SUES EMPIRE STUDIO FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT* *BUT REALLY IT’S A SORT OF BIZARRE PUBLICITY CASE.

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Promoting your show with sweepstakes, contests and lotteries

Gordon P. Firemark

Running a contest or a giveaway is a brilliant, and cost-effective way to get your audience engaged and get fresh leads, drive lots of meaningful actions, Attract people to your content, get them to share it, and more. . But it's important to exercise caution and make sure that you're complying with the relevant laws. You want to make sure that what you're doing, the kind of promotion, whether it's a contest or a giveaway doesn't amount to an illegal lottery. .

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.

In Memory of RBG

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/126. RBG IN MEMORIAM STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN LAWSUIT DENIED CERT SPINAL TAP SETTLES. One-sentence aside) SPINAL TAP SETTLES.

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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.

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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