For a lot of musicians across the nation, having your name mentioned among the greats like Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley would be not only an honor but a dream come true. That's because reaching legendary status comes with a lot of perks. From concerts and tours to book and movie deals, becoming a household name means the chance of making licensing deals that could help you retain financial security long after you stop singing.
If you're a regular visitor to our blog, then you've probably read a number of our posts where we illustrate an aspect of entertainment law by using court cases that have been resolved or are still waiting for a court decision. One such aspect of entertainment law we have focused on in recent months is intellectual property rights and what legal standing copyright owners have when it comes to their creative works.
Recently, there was a lot of excitement in Orange County because local bistro Little Sparrow was featured in the Feb. 25 episode of Bravo's "Best New Restaurant." Although the 42-seat Santa Ana restaurant didn't make it to the semifinals, it still got an hour's worth of praise from celebrity judge Tom Colicchio -- and that coast-to-coast exposure indeed translated into patrons.
When recording artist Robin Thicke released his song "Blurred Lines" in 2013, few people thought anything beyond the fact that it was just another song to listen to. But the more the song was played on the radio and television, and the more popularity it gained, there was one group of people that started to see the song as something quite differently than "just another song."
Consider for a moment what you might want out of a contract if you were a performer, director or artist. Your main focus might be on maintaining creative control over a project or even retaining intellectual property rights. You might have questions about royalty payments and if you have any right to leave a contract before its term has ended.