Collaboration Agreement E-book available

Gordon P. Firemark

What should your collaboration agreements include? The post Collaboration Agreement E-book available originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Do you work on creative projects with others? This FREE ebook lays it all out for you so you can: Protect yourself.

Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

A commonly used, but often misunderstood type of contract used throughout the entertainment industry is the Production Services Agreement. What is a Production Services Agreement? When would I use a Production Services Agreement?

Option vs. Shopping Agreements: How to secure your position with your next project.

Gordon P. Firemark

Historically, the way producers, production companies, and studios went about securing rights in material for their development and production pipeline(s), has been to enter into an option agreement with the owner, author, or subject of the desired project. Shopping Agreements.

Google Sued for Allegedly Breaching "Googles" Agreement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The owner of Googles has something in common with Paul McCartney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Trump Lawyer Seeking $20M From Stormy Daniels for Violating "Hush Agreement"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Michael Cohen claims in a new filing that Daniels' breaches of a settlement agreement cost her $1 million each. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

Publication Agreements

Media Law Prof Blog

Handling the Unreasonable Publication Agreement. Using hypothetical publication agreement drafts, this article explores copyright, warranty, representation, indemnity and other traps awaiting unwary Harold Anthony Lloyd, Wake Forest University School of Law, has published Publish and Perish? Here is the abstract.

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Gordon P. Firemark

First, ownership of a work will belong to the employer if prepared as part of an employee's regular duties, or if created by an independent contractor, pursuant to a written agreement so specifying, and provided the work is among the types of works listed as eligible for this treatment.

Stormy Daniels Asks Court to Deny Trump Lawyer's Attempt to Compel "Hush Agreement" Arbitration

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The adult star and Trump's personal attorney dispute whether a settlement agreement requiring her silence about an alleged affair is valid. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

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Producer beware: “Work Made For Hire” agreement creates a “statutory employee” relationship.

Gordon P. Firemark

Under California law, a party transferring rights to any work made under a work for hire agreement is an employee for purposes of workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

SAG, Studios Reach Agreement on Basic Cable and Animation

Digital Media Law

The deals are similar to the TV/theatrical agreement reached last week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

WGA and Producers Reach Agreement

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: The Writers Guild and the studios appear to have reached an agreement, apparently without the kind of bitterness that marked negotiations in 2007/2008 and 2011.

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Comcast, Discovery Renew Distribution Agreement

Media Law Prof Blog

The Discovery Network and Comcast have renewed their distribution agreement. The deal takes effect at the beginning of next year. Discovery had balked after Comcast tried a takeover over Time Warner Cable, which failed earlier this year. More here on

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. We’ll navigate typical composing and licensing agreements, shed light on strategies for negotiating the best possible deal, and highlight the most common pitfalls.

Trump Decides On The Paris Agreement And The Russia Agreement

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Artist Management Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Reblogged from Semaphore Music: Written by Chris Castle. New artists often think that the first person they need on their team is a “manager”. They’ve all heard the stories of the “big” managers who can snap their fingers and make something happen for their clients. The reality is that when an artist is just starting out, those first 1,000 to 10,000 units are just as hard to sell for the new artist using Internet based tools as it is for the big manager with the major label backing. .

Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record producer agreements, Part 1

Music Technology Policy

Like anyone else on your team, you need to engage the producer and this article will focus on the major deal points in record producer agreements from the artist’s perspective. You would expect to pay for hard drives, but you might not expect to pay a rental fee for plugins or outboard gear. The recording budget becomes part of your producer agreement. Your record producer is probably the most important member of your creative team.

Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record producer agreements, Part 1

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. Like anyone else on your team, you need to engage the producer and this article will focus on the major deal points in record producer agreements from the artist’s perspective. Please note: This is an installment in a multi-part post.

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable – Website Designers Take Note!

New Media and Technology Law

The court denied the defendant’s motion, ruling that the plaintiff had no knowledge of the website terms and was not bound by the arbitration clause contained in DSG’s browewrap agreement. Rather, DSG’s terms were presented as a browsewrap agreement, where a website’s terms and conditions are posted on the website via a hyperlink at the bottom of the screen and users are presumed to manifest assent to the terms by use of the website. In Nghiem v Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. ,

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Tags: artist education 20 questions for new artists managment agreements

Stormy Daniels' "Hush Agreement" Suit Paused to Preserve Trump Lawyer's Fifth Amendment Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The legal battle between the porn star and the president's lawyer is on hold until July. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

Relativity's $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Offers Rare Peek at Netflix License Agreement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Ryan Kavanaugh studio asserts Netflix tried to drive it out of business, and the complaint confirms that Relativity is now up for sale. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 6: Subsequent Producer or Mixer Royalties

Music Technology Policy

See also Twenty Questions for New Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 and Part 5. 20 more questions for artists 20 questions for new artists recording artists mixer agreements mixers record producer record producer agreements remixer agreements remixersPlease note: This is an installment in a multi-part post. Each post has information relvant to prior posts, so until we get to the “Final” there will be more information to come.

More September Regulatory Dates – Effective Date of New Application Fees, Filing Deadline for TV Shared Services Agreements, Lowest Unit Rate For September Election and Reminder on Repacking Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

A somewhat less obvious date is the deadline for filing TV shared services agreements. In its 2017 order reconsidering the FCC’s decision in its last Quadrennial Review of the ownership rules , the FCC decided to retain the previously announced requirement that TV stations file shared services agreements with the FCC. We wrote about that obligation here , addressing the broad definition that the FCC gave to a shared services agreement.

Judge Finds Sony-Spotify Agreement to Be Ambiguous in Big Royalties Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

19 Recordings alleges that "American Idol" stars have been cheated of streaming revenue. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business THR Online

MGM, Paramount Say 'Ben Hur' Musicians Not Covered by Union Agreement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studios make their move to dismiss a lawsuit from a guild that claims that musicians haven't been properly compensated. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

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CBS and Time Warner Come To Agreement Over Retransmission Fees

Media Law Prof Blog

CBS and Time Warner have announced an agreement that ends the one month blackout for cable subscribers hungry for such hot shows as "Big Bang Theory," "Under the Dome," and "How I Met Your Mother," as well as CBS Sports

Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record producer agreements, Part 1

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. Like anyone else on your team, you need to engage the producer and this article will focus on the major deal points in record producer agreements from the artist’s perspective. Please note: This is an installment in a multi-part post.

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

If ratified, the agreement would end an over 10-month stalemate. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— Email to SAG members: Dear Screen Actors Guild member, As you know, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted April 19, 2009, to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement and 2005 Screen Actors Guild Television Agreement.

More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 8: Credits

Music Technology Policy

See also Twenty Questions for New Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. See also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. 20 more questions for artists 20 questions for new artists producer credits record producer agreements record producer creditsPlease note: This is an installment in a multi-part post.

More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 6: Subsequent Producer or Mixer Royalties

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. 20 more questions for artists 20 questions for new artists recording artists mixer agreements mixers record producer record producer agreements remixer agreements remixers

Joint Sales Agreements, MInority Ownership, and the FCC

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai''s office has a statement including the results of his office''s investigation of links between joint sales agreements and ownership diversity.

Funny How that Works: @edchristman reports: Irving Azoff, Top Radio Groups Reach Temporary Licensing Agreement

Music Technology Policy

31 to sign an interim license agreement with GMR, which will cover them for playing the PROs songs through Sept. The MIC Coalition. When two rational actors are economically interdependent on one another, disputes tend to get solved at a market clearing price.

Supreme Court Rules DirecTV Customers Can't Avoid Arbitration Agreement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The satellite TV giant wins in a case that had the high court revisiting a 2011 ruling that put federal law above a California rule. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 8: Credits

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. 20 more questions for artists 20 questions for new artists producer credits record producer agreements record producer creditsPlease note: This is an installment in a multi-part post.

DIRECTORS REACH AGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

The Directors Guild announced a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The widely anticipated agreement now increases the pressure on the writers, who are entering the third month of their work stoppage. Whether the writers think the directors' agreement is sufficient remains to be seen.

Suggested Brand Supported Piracy Prohibition Rider for Touring Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Obviously, this is not meant as legal advice and you should confirm with your own lawyers how this language might affect your rights under the particular agreement, but it should be a good starting place for any show agreement that is based on the American Federation of Musicians “One Nighter” agreement or the equivalent. This language could be included in a watermark on any pdf version of a show agreement, or placed in the artist’s rider.

Clickwrap Agreement Available Only Through Hyperlink Enforceable Under New York Law

New Media and Technology Law

Last week, the Southern District of New York followed a long line of precedent under New York law and upheld the enforceability of a website clickwrap agreement, granting a website operator’s motion to compel arbitration pursuant to a clause contained in the agreement. In Whitt , the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s lawsuit and compel arbitration pursuant to the terms of a website clickwrap agreement. the borrower registration agreement.”

AFTRA Members Okay Agreement With Networks

Media Law Prof Blog

The agreement runs for nearly three From the Hollywood Reporter: AFTRA members have overwhelmingly okayed a contract with the four major networks that covers daytime programming, unscripted (reality) shows, and late night tv. Among the provisions--a two percent wage increase.

Another 20 Questions: Artist Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Originally posted on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY : Commission Rate : 15% or 20% of Commission Base. Commission Base : Artists will want to make the “Commission Base” as close to a net number as possible, the managers will want to have it be some form of modified gross. For tour income, the typical deductions would be for the cost of sound and lights, opening acts or musicians, some tour personnel, promoter commissions, sometimes booking agency commissions.

SAG-AFTRA Ratify Advertising Agreement; SAG Townhall Features Fireworks

Digital Media Law

SAG and AFTRA announced yesterday that their combined paid-up membership, about 132,000 members, overwhelmingly ratified the contracts between the unions and the advertising industry. The result was expected, as there was no organized opposition. About 28% returned their ballots, about typical. Of those voting, about 94% voted yes. The deals expire March 31, 2012. The news from the TV/theatrical side is nowhere near as placid.

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