At Apex Law, we understand that our clients are not only artists – they are a brand. Our approach is providing our clients with a basic understanding of entertainment, media, and arts law while helping them develop their product, market their talents, and protect their artistry.
Our attorneys have experience working with creative companies and individuals on legal issues arising in music, literature, photography, film, theatre, and visual arts. We help our clients work through the intricacies of the entertainment and art industries, and provide them with the tools they need to be successful artists and innovators.
- Navigated copyright dispute with posting unauthorized videos on YouTube.
- Negotiated and drafted contracts for a stage performance at the ACT Theatre.
- Drafted contracts with various IATSE stage professionals including lighting, set design, and set painting.
- Provided advice and counsel on funding for non-profit art projects verses for-profit projects.
- Provided guidance for self-publishing authors
One of a business’s most valuable assets–and in some cases its most valuable asset–is its goodwill and recognition in the marketplace. That recognition typically comes from a strong brand and trademark that becomes associated with the quality you offer.
Whether you’re grappling with the basics of a mark, such as whether to use a design logo or a standard character trademark; where and how to register a mark, including state, federal, or international levels; or trying to decide how to monetize a valuable mark through licensing or otherwise, Apex Law can help.
- Database research for confusingly similar marks
- State Registration
- Federal Registration
- International Registration advice and counsel (including Madrid Protocol international registration)
Like most areas of law, trademark law is intuitive and based on common sense policies like protecting the consumer from brand confusion and protecting businesses from trademark misuse; however, there are exceptions and seemingly counterintuitive traps for the unwary. Our approach is to provide our clients with a basic education on trademark law and processes, so that our clients can make informed decisions about registering, protecting, and avoiding litigation over their trademarks.
Copyright covers most creative and artistic works that can be written down or recorded. Music, film, literature, art, drawings, and even choreography is eligible for copyright protection.
Let us help you:
- Register your works
- Draft work-for-hire agreements
- License your IP to others for a flat-fee or ongoing royalties
Apex Law can assist you with drafting agreements that secure your rights in a work, licensing materials to others, or handing copyright disputes on YouTube and elsewhere online. We offer a variety of Entertainment Law services, including assisting record labels, content creators, and musicians quickly sort through the legal side and get back to making the products they’re known for.
If you’re a developer, you know that the software and code you produce can be very valuable if you can put in in the right people’s hands. Technology licensing is lending your code to others for a fee, while still retaining ownership of the asset. This lets you earn an ongoing royalty (or large up-front flat fee) from your efforts. Let Apex Law assist you with:
- License Agreements
- Reviewing contract terms