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April 2015 Archives

California trademark dispute highlights unique legal issue

Name recognition is oftentimes followed by success in many cases, which is why getting legal protection may be necessary in most cases. Unfortunately, the law can be confusing to anyone without a legal background, meaning mistakes can be made that could cost someone the success that comes with that recognition.

The complex issue of using a person's likeness in a creative work

If you've worked hard to make a name for yourself in the entertainment industry, then chances are you have the same problem that a lot of our Los Angeles readers have. You, like our readers, may now have a recognizable name or face and have concerns that other people might use it to bolster their own success. You may even have a number of legal questions you might not readily have answers to, which is what may have caused you to come to our site.

How do I know if my employment contract is legal?

As so many of our regular readers know, contracts are often considered the lifeblood of the entertainment industry. Everything from authorizing the use of a screenwriter's script to producing a song or album, you can bet that a well-drafted contract is behind each of these transactions, making sure that both parties have protections in the event that litigation is required to resolve a dispute.

How can you guarantee copyright protection for a creative idea?

Imagine for a moment that you are a screenwriter who has just thought of an idea for a film. You quickly jot down the idea and rush it over to a friend who works for a production company. The idea is then pitched to the studio. Although they like the idea, because it's not fully formed, they decide not to invest in it. Later on though, your idea does become a movie without your help.