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Entertainment

The entertainment industry is filled with legal landmines, most commonly intellectual property (including trademarks and copyright), right of privacy, contract, insurance, finance and labor and employment matters. Our entertainment attorneys help the entertainment industry safely navigate issues, spotting them before they arise or resolving them if they have already come to the surface.

Our team represents artists, musicians, record labels, producers, directors, writers, photographers, publications, politicians, organizations, managers/supervisors, agencies, publicity firms, venues and radio stations. 

Media & Technology

As the public becomes increasingly reliant on the Internet as a primary news source, and social media for guidance on where to travel, stay, eat, and with whom to do business, we are seeing an influx of defamation and commercial disparagement lawsuits.  Our media and technology attorneys offer experienced, efficient, and proactive counsel on a wide range of legal issues including media liability and the right to privacy. Our extensive practice includes counseling (and when needed litigation) on media-related issues including defamation (libel and slander), copyright and trademark infringement, prior restraints, news gathering methods, challenges to political and commercial speech, and restrictions imposed upon Internet content and e-commerce. In addition, we offer representation for invasion of privacy claims including right of publicity, false light, intrusion, and the improper disclosure of private facts. We devote an equal share of our time counseling clients on the risks associated with on-air broadcasts and news/entertainment publications and help clients minimize unnecessary litigation, address news gathering concerns, and ensure legal compliance prior to publication or broadcast. 

We have experience structuring confidentiality agreements, validating campaign advertisements, and drafting formal agreements to ensure the privacy of trade secrets or the development of original works of art. We establish privacy policies within an organization to support and protect our client’s investment and prevent confidentiality breaches. 

Our areas of practice include:   

  • Defamation (Libel/Slander)
  • Right of Publicity
  • Intrusion
  • False Light
  • Improper Disclosure of Private Facts
  • Personal Rights of Privacy and Publicity
  • Civil Conspiracy
  • Censorship
  • Liability Arising from Political Speech
  • News Gathering Issues
  • Pre-Broadcast/Publication Counsel

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