Entertainment law involves the application of contract, employment, and intellectual property law principles to the interactions that occur between members of the entertainment industry. Attorneys who practice in this area of the law are typically engaged in one of two activities. Either they are hired to structure deals in way that provides the most benefit to their clients, or they are hired to protect the interests of their clients when deals go bad. Individuals who claim proprietary rights to motion pictures, television programs, music, and other forms of entertainment can also require assistance from an attorney in order to protect their rights from infringement.
Legal issues can arise at any stage in the creation of original works of entertainment. During the production stage, formal contracts are needed to set forth the respective rights of the parties involved in the project. For example, an actor playing a part in a commercial will be asked to sign a talent release. This document is a legally enforceable agreement whereby the actor gives the producer the right to use his or her name, likeness, voice, and performance in exchange for financial compensation. The terms of these and other production agreements must be negotiated by the parties and reviewed to ensure they comply with the law.
During the licensing and distribution stage, any number of legal issues can arise in the dealings between the owners of a work of entertainment and those who will be disseminating it to the public. For example, someone who holds the copyright to a popular song may enter into a royalty agreement with a radio station. Each time the radio station plays the song, the copyright holder receives a royalty payment. Similar agreements are necessary when protected works are distributed through other mediums, such as the internet. Entertainment law governs these kinds of transactions and offers protection against piracy and unauthorized use.
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- "I retained the Rapacke Law Group to file my design patent application and could not be more happy with the customer service and straightforward fixed-fee approach. Andrew worked with me every step of the way answering all my questions and ensuring I was up to date on all upcoming events. I highly recommend the Rapacke Law Group for all patents."
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"The Rapacke Law Group prepared and filed my design patent application. We had a great experience working with them. The firm was very helpful in answering all my questions in a timely fashion and ensuring we were updated on all stages of the filing. Any immediate changes that needed to be made were addressed effectively. With the Rapacke Law Firm we paid one price up front and that covered all fees and costs. This fixed fee structure was a better experience than other lawyers I have worked with. I highly recommend the Rapacke Firm."
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"Thank you very much for the patent application. I was happy that it was done so quickly and your price was reasonable. Look forward to working with you on some additional issues."
"I retained The Rapacke Law Group to assist in filing a non-provisional patent application for my invention. Andrew throughly explained the entire patent process, answered my questions, and quickly responded to calls and emails, all for a fixed fee. Andrew has become a trusted advisor and I recommend his firm without hesitation to anyone in need of intellectual property services."
"My patent application was done promptly and the drawings clearly illustrated the use of my product. I did not receive any additional fees after the initial quote and my drawings were completed in less than two weeks! I am very pleased and will come back to Mr. Rapacke's firm for my future patent needs."
"Andy & Austin are exceptional. They are both on the ball and ready to listen as well as having the mind of an inventor.. They are able and willing and do make informed suggestions. They both have the ability to think outside the box, but most of all they will fix anything as many times as it takes to get it right.. Nothing but praise!!! Thank you"
"Andrew and his team helped me file a provisional patent in a very short order. Their writing allowed for protection of my invention's most important aspects, as well as giving me room to modify and adapt my product as we went through our planned testing process. Would definitely recommend."
"This law firm has been outstanding thus far. Most lure you in with an attractive retainer and then bill you far beyond what you expect to pay for services on the back end. The Rapacke Group stands by their fees with no surprises. Great follow-up and great service paired with reasonable rates make this one of the best experiences ever in dealing with a law firm."
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"I appreciate the work done by the team, which was very professional and precise. I wanted to patent one of my jewelry designs and it was a very smooth process for me as all the details were taken care by the firm. We communicated by email and all my questions were answered almost in an instant. If I have another design to patent, I wouldn't think twice to come back to The Rapacke Law Group."
"We have been working with Rapacke Law Group for just over a year. They set up our LLC and have managed our Trademark Application process. Andrew and Benjamin have been great to work with - helpful, thorough and patient with my questions. Our initial application received an office action (which from the research I did in advance of choosing a lawyer I understand is not uncommon). My husband and I were both very impressed with the response to the office action AND it was approved. We are very excited to be in the final stage of having our mark registered with the USPTO! For anyone reading this, getting a mark registered can be a long process, but if you put your trust in Rapacke Law Group and have a little patience, you'll be thrilled with the outcome."
"I enjoy working with the Rapacke Law group to file my trademark and patent applications. I highly recommend using them especially new businesses. Thank You."
"Andy is professional, and knowledgeable. I was impressed by the transparency of his fixed-fee model. I highly recommend working with his firm!"
"It has been a genuine pleasure to work with Andrew and his team of qualified associates. They helped get us setup, from corporate bylaws to reviewing lease agreements and so much more. I highly recommend The Rapacke Law Group."
"Andrew & Ben at The Rapacke Law Group are great to work with and I highly recommend them. They worked efficiently and were highly responsive to all of my questions during my patent application process. I highly recommend working with them and definitely plan to work with them again in the future."
"Andrew Rapacke is a pleasure to work with every step of the way! His connections are helpful and guidance expertise! Thank you for getting me patent pending today!"