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Los Angeles Entertainment Law Blog

Tough talk on both sides ends with royalties, licensing settlement

According to CrossFit, a fitness regimen company with thousands of workout facilities spanning the country, its sponsorship and licensing agreement inked with Reebok in 2010 went quite well for a few years.

For Reebok.

Famed rocker Steven Tyler knows all about cease-and-desist letters

It’s hard to say whether legendary rock star Steven Tyler has ever written a song entitled, “Been There, Done That.”

If he hasn’t, maybe he should. He can borrow freely from his personal experience as the repeated author of cease-and-desist letters written to stop the undesired use of his musical creations.

Musical legend a named defendant in IP infringement lawsuit

We're fairly confident in our guess that virtually all of our readers know Bob Dylan for his music. After all, Dylan is a global icon and legendary singer/songwriter who has been crafting memorable tunes for close to 60 years.

Forget musical offerings for a moment, though. Have you tried his whiskey?

Actor icon settles fraud-alleged lawsuit against management company

We state a truism concerning the entertainment industry on our website at the Law Offices of Barry K. Rothman in Los Angeles.

That is this: When you’re an artist – whether an actor, musician or other performer – of any stature, “you have a talent worth protecting.”

What does a proven, full-service entertainment law firm do?

The term “entertainment lawyer” might reasonably sound a bit generic and even elusive in meaning when searched for by an individual or company with a legal query or concern linked with some aspect of the entertainment industry.

Questions might understandably ensue. Will the person I talk with who is termed an entertainment attorney understand and have a demonstrated record of strong advocacy concerning my singular and discrete matter?

Famed movie maker seeks to halt mega studio’s sale

Celebrated Hollywood film maker Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained; the list goes on) has worked with multiple studio collaborators over the years, chiefly now-notorious ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Tarantino’s long-time collaboration with Weinstein has largely been via the independent studio TWC established by Weinstein Cos. some years back. That entity is now on the selling block, owing to Weinstein’s well-known personal problems and related business fallout.

CA royalty law re resold artwork largely scrapped by appeals court

Until late last week, it worked as follows. California individuals whose artwork was resold at an auction or to a private party by a gallery were entitled to 5% of the purchase price as a form of copyright protection. That was the stipulation at the center of the California Resale Royalties Act, the only such law of its kind ever passed in the United States.

The CRRA came with a caveat, namely this: An artist claiming the royalty had to establish that his or her creation was sold within California or by a state resident.