Gordon P. Firemark

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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Gordon Firemark named among the Best Lawyers in America

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark. For the fourth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I'm grateful for this recognition.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

The Hollywood Reporter last week reported that the 2nd Circuit has ruled against a director’s claim of ownership in his individual contribution to a film. The case involved a short film called “Heads Up”, directed by Alex Merkin, and Produced by 16 Casa Duse and it’s principal Robert Krakofski.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Licensing Music For Kids Performance School

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: www.firemark.com. Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Grand Rights and Sound Recordings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ZVN8HT4uo. v=N9ZVN8HT4uo.

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.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Model Release

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions about Model Release. In this installment of Asked and Answered, I’ll explain the rules for taking and using photographs or footage of people in your blog, videos, and other media.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Does an Actor’s Agent have an Obligation to Tell the Actor about all Job Offers?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a common question if an actor’s agent have an obligation to tell the actor about all job offers. Does an actor’s agent have an obligation to tell the actor about all job offers?

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Podcasting the Law… of Podcasting – Episode 79

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].

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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.

When do I need a release from a person in the background of my shot?

Gordon P. Firemark

Do I need a release or contract with every person who appears in the background of my shot? Suppose you’re shooting a scene that takes place in a public place and you’re going to have people crossing in and out of frame in the background of your shot.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Do I Need a Release from My Podcast Guest

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer questions if do you need a release from your podcast guest. One of the most common questions I get from new media producers, especially podcasters, is “do I really need to get a release from every person I interview on my show?”

Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m frequently called upon by clients to form a so-called “Loan-Out company” for them. Just as frequently, they don’t really understand the purpose of Loan-Out, how it will operate, or even whether it’s actually a good idea, given their circumstances.

The end is near…

Gordon P. Firemark

That is the time you have remaining… Until the end of the year, that is. October, and the beginning of the 4th Quarter of 2016 is upon us, and before you know it, we’ll be into the Holiday season, and scrambling to get our business wrapped up for the year.