TheatreLawyer.com is published by The Law Offices of Gordon Firemark, a Los Angeles based entertainment law firm.Gordon Firemark is an attorney whose practice is devoted to the representation of artists, writers, producers and directors in the fields of theater, film, television,and music. He is also the publisher of Entertainment Law Update., a newsletter for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries. His practice also covers intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry
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If you’ve been to the theatre recently, you may have noticed ushers admonishing patrons against taking pictures, even before the show begins. In this Article from Playbill.com, several explanations are offered. Mostly, it seems, concerns about designers’ intellectual property are...
One of the most heatedly negotiated provisions in theatrical production licenses these days is the Subsidiary Rights Clause. In this post, I'll briefly explain what subsidiary rights are, and why they're such a big issue for producers and authors alike.One of the most heatedly negotiated...
If you follow theatre in the U.S., you probably know that for 15 years Chicago has hosted the Stages Musical Theatre Festival. This year, the Stages festival is moving to Los Angeles, and the organization responsible is the Academy for New Musical Theatre, of which I’m the board president....
The merging of Book, Lyrics and Music in theatrical collaborations: A complex and frequently mishandled issue.
The contractual provision between collaborators that determines when their respective contributions to the work become a single unified whole is a tricky, and often overlooked provision which can have long-lasting consequences.An important, and frequently mishandled point in theatrical...
Entertainment Lawyers Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett discuss cases, legislation and news about the field in this monthly roundup. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231 In this Episode: Bogart and Brando vs. Product Manufacturers Tennessee Neftlix Law Copyright Office rules on Gap...
Guest Post by Jay Fleishman She’s brilliant. She’s a flash in the pan. She’s original. She’s a hack. Say what you will, but Lady Gaga is clearly one of the most successful performers doing the rounds these days. With a blockbuster concert tour, a big deal with Google and...
Things just got more complicated for on-camera folks who have tattoos, body art or other adornments. In the movie Hangover II, Ed Helms’ character wakes up with a replica of Mike Tyson’s facial, tribal-art inspired tattoo, created by a tattoo artist from Missouri, and comedy ensues.....
"When is a work 'Original', and when is it an 'adaptation'?"Q: “When is a work ‘Original’, and when is it an ‘adaptation’?” This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for a...
This summer, I’m going to be leading an ANMT Musical Theatre Bootcamp workshop for aspiring producers. Thinking about producing yourself? Wondering what makes producers tick? Looking for financing for your new show? In this hands-on workshop, Theatrical Attorney/Producer Gordon Firemark will...
Q: Dave asks how to get an entertainment lawyer to sell a script. I give my answerQ: Dave asks how to get an entertainment lawyer to sell a script. I give my answer This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for a...