Thinking of Hiring an Influencer to Help Promote Your Business or its Products and Services? Here’s What Your Influencer Agreement Should Look Like:

Hiring an influencer can be a very effective marketing strategy depending on your business. Getting a social media celebrity involved in your company's business development goals isn't just for large blue-chip companies anymore. This strategy can actually deliver a return on investment for all levels of marketers. According to RhythmOne's Influencer Marketing Benchmarks Report and [...]

Basics of Non-Disclosure Agreements

An Overview of Non-Disclosure Agreements in California and What They Should Contain A non-disclosure agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement or “NDA,” can be an important part of doing business in California, throughout the nation, and internationally. A non-disclosure agreement is an agreement by which two parties agree that the information they share with [...]

A Major National Retailer Has Stolen Your Work, and You’ve Become a Victim of Copyright Infringement: What Do You Do Now?

Photo Credit: What you do when a major national department store engages in corporate theft and takes all of your art designs, decides to commercialize your work, without your knowledge, and then makes a ton of money selling its own products? Just ask Los Angeles indie artist Lili Chin. Chin recently sued [...]

Top Legal Issues in Film Production Law

Film Production Law: A Legal Guide for Filmmakers and Film Producers for Short Films, Feature Films, and Film Projects The legal and business issues that accompany film production can be daunting. Whether you are a filmmaker, producer, production company, or other film professional, we’ve prepared a guide to walk you through the issues that will come [...]

Top 10 Must-Know Tips for Negotiating Your Publishing Agreement for Authors and Writers 

If you are an author or writer, and have been approached with a publishing agreement by a publisher, literary agent, or other publishing company, then congratulations - you've accomplished what  every writer aspires to achieve, and could be facing one of the most exciting developments in your literary career. Before you sign the documents, however, [...]

Top Legal Issues and Deal-Making Tips for Negotiating an Artist-Management Agreement for Musicians, Singers, Songwriters, Music Bands, Groups, and Recording Artists

Let’s face it – the music industry is one of the hardest to break into. Each year, thousands of musicians, songwriters, singers, bands, and recording artists make the decision to try to take their passion and talent beyond a hobby and turn music into a career. One of the pivotal relationships that can help you [...]

Tips on Protecting Fabric and Fashion Designs from Infringement

“Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” so the saying goes – unless you are in the fashion industry and wake up one morning to find a major department store or fashion house has completely copied your ideas or products and is now making major money selling them. What can you do to protect your [...]

Overview of Copyrighting a New Work of Authorship

Are you thinking about copywriting a new work of authorship? If yes, congratulations -  it means that you are or are working with a gifted individual in the fields of writing, arts, video, sound, music, Digital media, or others, and are talented enough to protect your new original work from infringement by others. If you [...]

Top Tax Tips and Traps for Los Angeles Entertainment and Creative Professionals

An Overview of the Process, Exemptions, Requirements, and Tax Discovery Procedures  If you are an entertainment industry professional living or working in Los Angeles, you have probably heard the horror stories of colleagues opening mail to find a tax collection notice that they owe $30,000+ within 30 days. Yikes!  Entertainment and creative professionals often fall into [...]

Can a Business Play Spotify or Pandora at Work? Is it Legal?

Can a business playing Spotify or Pandora at work get into trouble? Or is it legal? It seems like having music in the background of your business is essential, especially a customer focused business like a coffee shop or clothing store. It’s more convenient than ever now to supply an endless supply of musical beats [...]

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