Entertainment is one of the most contract-intensive industries in Atlanta, and across the world. From the various protections against copyright infringement, to the multi-layered management business model, there are many moving parts that must come together to create a profitable business relationship. However, inevitably disputes will arise, and can lead to devastating consequences if not handled properly. Having the right entertainment attorney can ensure that when contracts and agreements go bad, individual artists and companies are protected from breaches of contract, intellectual property theft, and fraud.
Copyright Infringement and Entertainment Law
Copyright infringement is one of the most commonly litigated issues in the entertainment industry today. In this type of litigation, two or more parties are fighting over the right to use or sell created work. Musicians, artists, comedians, and other performers may wish to maintain exclusive rights to the content they create throughout their career. Other times, there may be a desire or need to give some or all of the rights to a publisher, producer, or agent. The problem arises when those decisions are not clear, or are not properly and legally executed.
Understanding how both federal and state laws treat these agreements when a dispute arises is critical to achieving a positive resolution. Proper representation by a top Atlanta entertainment lawyer will send a message to the other side that you are both serious and committed to do whatever it takes to maintain or resume the rights to your work product.
Breach of Entertainment Contracts
Because contracts are necessary in nearly all aspects of entertainment, breaches occur regularly. Musicians and comedians, for example, must enter into many contracts when performing on the road, or even in local clubs and venues. These include agreements for:
- Transportation of performers and equipment
- Lodging for performers, stage crews, and management
- Payments from venues and terms regarding number of shows, duration, and location
- Insurance for cancellations, injuries, and unexpected problems
- Intellectual property rights to live material
- Management and agent fees
- Compensation for permanent or temporary back-up or main performers
A breach of one or more of these contracts can result in not only financial loss, but damage to reputation, and "snowball" litigation.
Proven Atlanta Entertainment Law Attorneys
If you are facing potential litigation involving an entertainment dispute, or are currently being sued for a performance-related matter, contact the experienced attorneys at Potter Sieg, LLC. We provide powerful legal representation to musicians, artists, comedians, athletes, and entertainment companies in Georgia and across the United States. All clients receive a free consultation, and we offer flexible fee arrangements only offered by a specialized law firm. Call (877) 857-0476 for your confidential consultation, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.